The size and shape of the beard of the Prophet
Fatwa No: 87694

  • Fatwa Date:11-5-2004 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 22, 1425
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Question

What was the actual shape and size of the beard of our Holy Prophet?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Imaam Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported in his Saheeh that Jaabir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, used to have a thick beard. In the narration of Imaam Ahmad and An-Nasaa’i  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them both, “He had a thick beard”. Shaykh Al-Albaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him graded it as Saheeh (authentic).

Al-Haythami  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him explained the expression ‘thick beard’ in Al-Mujamma’a, saying, “It means that the beard is not thin or long but it is thick without being too dense or long.

Al-Munawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Faydh Al-Qadeer, in the interpretation of ‘he used to have a thick beard’ that it is to say ‘dense and round, covering all what is between his shoulders.

Al-Qurtubi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “When they gave the evidence that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, had a thick beard, this does not mean that he had a long beard; it meant that it was thick but not long.

Allaah Knows best.

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