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Issue 6/Volume 1

Is Shaving One's Beard
Unlawful?

Answers with proofs from the four sources that
the rules of the Islamic Shariah are derived from.

Translators Foreword.
This booklet has been translated, from
Hurmatu Halq al-Lahyah by Allamah Murtada Baghdadi, for the enlightenment of those who are not yet fully aware of the Islamic rulings concerning the beard.  It is in no way meant to offend those who do not wear a beard nor should it be used as an instrument, by those who do wear it to ridicule those who do not.
We as Muslims must realise that none other than Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty, can guide those who may have gone astray.  However it is the solemn duty of the Messengers, the Prophets, the Chosen Infallible leaders and the believers amongst men and women to admonish one another, to forbid evil and enjoin good.  None other than those who sincerely love each other will do that.

5th January 1998- Shar Ramadan Al-Mubarak

In the name of The Most High.

The Four Sources On Which All The Rulings Of Islam Are Based.

The question most commonly asked question regarding the beard is whether it is permissible to shave it or not.  We will try to answer this question from the four sources upon which our whole religion is based.

The four sources are:

  1. The Book (The Holy Quran)
  2. The Sunnah (Narrations of our Prophet and the Imams as)
  3. 'Ijma (Consensus)
  4. 'Aql (Intellect)

One of the necessities for any person who is religious, his religion also being a heavenly one (and not man made) accompanied by its rules and regulations which the intellectual does not cross nor the believer disobey, it will become obligatory upon the ignorant to learn those rules and regulations, and where they see that they are incapable of understanding or comprehending a certain rule or regulation of Shariah, they have to turn to a scholar of high aptitude, so that he can illuminate the dark unsure path they are traversing, so that the dark

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