Growing a beard is an extremely emphasized and encouraged way (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ , and held by the Muslim scholars to be necessary (WAJIB) for a man.
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ repeatedly instructed the growing of a beard in many narrations, and his own habitual and continuous practice was that of growing a full beard. Thus, the obligation of keeping a beard is clear from the statements of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), the statements of the great Imams and the constant practice of the early Muslims (salaf).
- Ibn Umar Raziallahu taala anhu said, The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, ‘Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short.’ Whenever Ibn ‘Umar performed the Hajj or ‘Umra, he used to hold his beard with his hand and cut whatever moustaches. Ibn Umar used to cut his moustache so short that the whiteness of his skin (above the upper lip) was visible, and he used to cut (the hair) between his moustaches and his beard. (Narrated By Nafi’ )
Sahih Bukhari Volume 007, Book 072, Hadith Number 780.
- Narrated By Muhammad bin Sirin : I asked Anas, “Did the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ dye his hair?” Anas replied, “The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not have except a few grey hairs.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 007, Book 072, Hadith Number 782.
- Narrated By Thabit : Anas was asked whether the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used a hair dye or not. Anas replied, “The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had not enough grey hair to dye. I could even count the white grey hairs oil his beard ill would.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 007, Book 072, Hadith Number 783.
- Narrated By IsraiI : Uthman bin ‘Abdullah bin Mauhab said, “My people sent me with a bowl of water to Um Salama.” Isra’il approximated three fingers (‘indicating the small size of the container in which there was some hair of the Prophet. ‘Uthman added, “If any person suffered from evil eye or some other disease, he would send a vessel (containing water) to Um Salama. I looked into the container (that held the hair of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ) and saw a few red hairs in it.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 007, Book 072, Hadith Number 784.Related Links:
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