Imaam Bukhari (Radhiallaahu Anhu) reports on the authority of Naafi' who narrates from Abdullah
ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Oppose the Mushrikeen (polytheists); lengthen
the beard and trim the moustache.'
Naafi' further states, 'And ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) during Hajj or Umrah used
to hold on to his beard with his fist and cut off whatever was in excess of that.' (Bukhari vol.2 pg.875; Kitaab-ul-Libaas)
Through this Hadith, the verdict of the growing of the beard being Waajib (obligatory) is deduced. That is because
any explicit command of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) will be regarded as Waajib, if there is no apparent, clear
reason/proof which states that that particular command is for Istihbaab (preference). This is an established fact in Usool-ul-Fiqh
(principles of jurisprudence).
Moreover, the Wujoob is further emphasized by the fact that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) did practice on this in his entire life. Know well that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) did not
trim his beard in his life (there is no Sahih Hadith which proves otherwise). However, because the narrator himself (Ibn Umar
(Radhiallaahu Anhu) did trim his beard upto a fist's length, this implies that the Wujoob of keeping a beard is up to a fist
Furthermore, such has also been reported from Abu Hurayra (Radhiallaahu Anhu) and other Taabi'een. (Tamheed
of ibn Abdul-Barr and Fathul Baari). Therefore, the meaning of our statement that you question is, 'If any person has trimmed
his beard upto less than one fist, then his beard will not be a Shar'ee beard.'
Lastly, for your knowledge, the sayings
and actions of the Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) is a Hujjah (proof) according to the majority of the scholars. However, the
conditions for acceptance may differ. This is also an established principle in Usool-ul-Fiqh. Hence, the refutation of a Shar'ee
beard by the scholar you have mentioned does not hold any weight in front of the Shar'ee proof we have mentioned.
Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Male Head Hair
It is established from the Sunnah that the longest Nabi(Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) kept his
hair was till his shoulders. This permissible and is in fact Sunnah. However to allow the hair to grow so long that it resembles
a female's hair is not permissible.
Dyeing Of Hair
To apply pure black dye is not permissible. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, "There
will be people who will come later (in my Ummah) and apply black dye. They will not even smell the fragrance of paradise."
(Abu Daawood). However, it is permissible for a Mujaahid (warrior) to apply black dye in order to give the impression of being
It is also permissible for one to dye his/hair black to beautify himself/herself for ones marriage
partner if he/she is young, and the hair has turned grey due to some sickness, etc.
To dye the hair any other colour
besides black e.g. Mehndi or Katm (type of grass) is permissible. This was the practice of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) and the Sahaaba (Radhiyallaahu Ánhum).
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Rules concerning hair
1. It is sunnah to grow one's hair on the entire head till the
ear lobes or slightly below them. If a person wishes to shave his head, it is sunnah to shave the entire head. It is also
permissible to merely clip the hair. However, it is not permissible to clip all the hair and leave the front portion long,
as is the fashion today. Similarly, it is also not permissible to shave a portion and leave another portion long. From this
we deduce that
it is not permissible to sport the babri hairstyle (or to cut the hair in the shape of a cap or to shape
the front part of the hair).
2. If the hair has been lengthened considerably, it is not permissible to tie it into a tail
3. It is harâm for women to shave the head or clip the hair on the head. The Hadith has cursed
4. It is sunnah to clip the moustache to such an extent that it is clipped to the skin. There
is a difference of opinion with regard to shaving the moustache. According to some it is a bid'ah, while others have permitted
it. Caution demands that one does not shave it.
5. It is permissible to lengthen the moustache on the sides on the condition that the area above
the lips is not lengthened.
6. It is harâm to shave or clip the beard. However, it is permissible to clip it if it is longer
than the length of one fist. Similarly, it is permissible to clip it on all the sides in such a way that it becomes neat and
straight (provided it is beyond one fist).
7. It is permissible to clip the hair and straighten the hair line that grows
on the cheeks. Similarly, it is also permissible to straighten and cut the eyebrows a wee bit.
8. The hair on the throat should not be shaven. However, it has been related from Abű Yűsuf rahmatullâhi
'alayh that there is no harm in this.
9. Shaving the hair of the lower lip is regarded as a bid'ah by the jurists. Therefore this should
not be done. Similarly, they have said that it is makruh to remove the hair that is on the nape of the neck.
is not permissible to pluck out grey hairs merely for the purposes of beautification. However, it is better for the mujâhidîn
to do so in order to instil fear and awe in the hearts of the enemy.
11. The hair of the nose should not be tweezed out. Instead, it can be clipped.
12. It is permissible to remove the hair that is on the chest and back. However, it is not good
to do so.
13. It is preferable for men to remove the hair of the pubic region from just below the navel
onwards. When shaving, they should commence from below the navel. It is also permissible to use sulphurate of arsenic and
other preparations (such as hair-removing creams, etc.) to remove the hair of the
pubic region. As for women, the sunnah
method is that they should remove the hair of the pubic region by pinching it out or tweezing it out and that they should
not use a shaving machine.
14. It is preferable to remove the hair of the arm pits by tweezing them. However, it is permissible
to shave them.
15. As for the hair of the balance of the body, it is permissible to shave it or retain it.
16. It is also sunnah to clip the nails of the feet. However, it is mustahab for the person who
is engaged in jihad not to clip his moustache and nails.
17. It is preferable to clip the finger nails in the following order:
commence with the index
finger of the right hand until you reach the little finger. Thereafter, commence with the little finger of the left hand until
you reach the thumb of the left hand. Thereafter, complete by clipping the thumb of the right hand. As for the toe nails,
commence with the little toe of the right foot and end with the little toe of the left foot. This is the preferable method.
However, it is permissible to clip in any way that may be
contrary to this method.
18. Clipped nails and hair should be buried. If they are not buried, they should at least be
kept in a safe place. However, they should not be kept in any impure, dirty place as there is the fear of falling ill.
19. It is not good to bite the finger nails as this is a cause of leprosy.
20. It is makruh to trim the hair, clip the nails and remove pubic hair while one is in a state
21. It is preferable to remove the pubic hair, hair of the arm-pits, nails, to have a bath and cleanse
oneself at least once a weak. It is best to do all this on a Friday before going for the jumu'ah salât. If one cannot do this
on a weekly basis, he should carry it out every fortnight. If not, at least every forty days. There is no concession beyond
forty days. If forty days expire and the person does not carry out the above, he will be committing a sin.
Plucking,Trimming and Cutting of eyebrow is haram whereas other parts of the body like hands,legs,face
etc are permissible.