RULING ON SHAVING THE MOUSTACHE.?

RULING ON SHAVING MOUSTACHES

RULING ON SHAVING THE MOUSTACHE.?

Praise be to Allaah. The scholars differed concerning the mustahabb Sunnah regarding the moustache, and there are two views: The first view is that it is Sunnah to shave it off altogether. This is the view of the Hanafis and Hanbalis. They quoted as evidence the apparent meaning of the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that were narrated concerning this, such as

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar:That the Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: “Trim the mustache and let the beard grow.” (Sahih)

SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 2, Hadith 5048)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 2, Hadith 5049)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 15)
ABU DAWOOD (Book 34, Hadith 4187)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 2, Hadith 498)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 2, Hadith 499)

Narrated Ibn `Umar:Allah’s Apostle said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is)

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 72, Hadith 781)

Abu Huraira reported:The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Trim closely the moustache, and grow beard, and thus act against the fire-worshippers.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 2, Hadith 501)

AL-TAHHAAWI SAID :-

Shaving is better than trimming. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, Abu Yoosuf and Muhammad

(SHARH MA’AANI AL-ATHAAR 4/230)

LATER (HANAFI) SCHOLARS PREFERRED TO TRIM IT.

IBN ‘AABIDEEN SAID :-

The (Hanafi) view according to some later scholars among our Shaykhs is that it should be trimmed. It says in al-Badaa’i’: This is the correct view.

(RADD AL-MUHTAAR 2/550)

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The second view is that the Sunnah is to trim the moustache, and that shaving it is makrooh. This is the view of the Maalikis and Shaafa’is. Imam Maalik (may Allaah have mercy on him) was very strict concerning that. They quoted the following as evidence:

Abu Huraira reported:Five are the acts of fitra: circumcision, removing the pubes, clipping the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking the hair under the armpits.

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 72, Hadith 777)
SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 72, Hadith 779)
SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 8, Book 74, Hadith 312)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 2, Hadith 5046)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 2, Hadith 5047)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 6, Book 2, Hadith 5227)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 9)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 10)
SUNAN NASEEI (Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 11)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 2, Hadith 495)
SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 2, Hadith 496)
ABU DAWOOD (Book 34, Hadith 4186)

It was narrated that al-Mugheerah ibn Shu’bah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: My moustache grew too long and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) trimmed it for me on a siwaak.”

ABU DAWOOD (Book 1, Hadith 188)


Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Uwaysi said: Maalik ibn Anas mentioned that some people shave their moustaches, and he said: The one who does that should be beaten. The hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about the moustache does not speak of shaving, rather it should be trimmed just enough to let the edge of the lips and the mouth show. Maalik ibn Anas said: Shaving the moustache is a bid’ah (innovation) that has appeared among the people.

SUNAN KUBRA AL-BAIHAQI (HADITH 640)

SOURCE OF SUNAN KUBRA AL-BAIHAQI :-

http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=71&ID=165&idfrom=636&idto=641&bookid=71&startno=4

ABU’L-WALEED AL-BAAJI SAID :-


Ibn ‘Abd al-Hakam narrated from Maalik: Trimming the moustache does not mean shaving it. I think that the one who shaves his moustache should be disciplined. Ashhab ibn Maalik narrated: Shaving it is a bid’ah (innovation).

(AL-MUNTAQA SHARH AL-MUWATTA’ 7/266)

IMAM MAALIK SAID :-

It was narrated from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that when he was upset by something, he would twist his moustache. If it was shaved off, there would be nothing to twist.

(AL-TAMHEED 21/62-68).

AL-NAWAWI SAID :-

The guideline on trimming the moustache is that it should be trimmed so that the edge of the lip can be seen, but it should not be shaved off completely. This is our view.

(AL-MAJMOO’ 1/34-341)

This opinion was also narrated from a number of the salaf.

Shurahbeel ibn Muslim al-Khawlaani said: I saw five of the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) trimming their moustaches and letting their beards grow and dyeing them with saffron: Abu Umaamah al-Baahili, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Bisr, ‘Utbah ibn ‘Abd al-Sulami, al-Hajjaaj ibn ‘Aamir al-Thamaali and al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’di Yakrib al-Kindi. They used to trim their moustaches to the edge of the lip.

SUNAN KUBRA AL-BAIHAQI (HADITH 637)

SOURCE OF SUNAN KUBRA AL-BAIHAQI :-

http://www.islamweb.net/hadith/display_hbook.php?bk_no=673&pid=142490&hid=637

They responded to the evidence quoted in favour of the first view in two ways:

1) What is meant by trimming is trimming the edge of the hair which grows over the lip, not shaving off the hair completely, based on the evidence of the reports which mention trimming only.

ABU’L-WALEED AL-BAAJI SAID :-

Ibn al-Qaasim narrated from Maalik that the explanation of the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about trimming the moustache is that it is to be trimmed enough to let the red part of the lips show and the edges of the mouth. end quote.

(AL-MUNTAQA SHARH AL-MUWATTA’ 7/266)

AL-NAWAWI SAID :-

These reports i.e. the reports which speak of trimming the moustache are understood by us to mean trimming it to the edge of the lips, not shaving it off completely.

(AL-MAJMOO’ 1/340)

2) Trimming does not mean removing it altogether, rather it means removing part of it.

SHAYKH IBN ‘UTHAYMEEN) SAID :-

The best is to trim the moustache as is the Sunnah. As for shaving it, that is not Sunnah. The analogy drawn by some of them, that it is prescribed to shave it as the head is shaved in Hajj is an analogy when a clear text states something else, so this analogy does not carry any weight. Hence Maalik said concerning shaving the moustache: It is an innovation that has appeared among the people, but we should not turn away from what is mentioned in the Sunnah, because following it is guidance, righteousness, happiness and success.

(MAJMOO’AL-FATAAWA 11/BAAB AL-SIWAAK WA SUNAN AL-FITRAH/QUESTION NO. 54)

The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked: In a number of ahaadeeth it says “trim the moustache”. Is shaving different from trimming? Some people trim the first part of the moustache that is closest to the upper lip, and they leave the hair of the moustache, so they trim nearly half of the moustache and leave the rest. Is this what is meant? Or does trimming the moustache mean shaving off all of it? Please advise me of the manner in which the moustache should be trimmed.

They replied: The saheeh ahaadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) indicate that it is prescribed to trim the moustache. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the mushrikeen.” (Agreed upon). And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the Magians,” and in some versions it says: “Trim the moustache.” Trimming means cutting it very short. The one who cuts his moustache very short so that the upper lip is visible or trims it is not to blame, because the ahaadeeth mention two things, but it is not permissible to leave the edges of the moustache, rather the whole moustache should be trimmed or cut, in accordance with the Sunnah.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood.

(FATAAWA AL-LAJNAH AL-DAA’IMAH 5/149)

Al-Tabari and al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad favoured the view that both are permissible: shaving and trimming; al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar also inclined towards this view in Fath al-Baari (10/347).

CONCLUSION :-

The more correct view is the second one, which is that the Sunnah is to trim the moustache and not to shave it. Allaah knows best.

Posted on February 27, 2013, in OTHERS and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. SYED YOUSUF HUSSAIN

    JAZAK ALLAHU KHAIRAN FOR THIS INFORMATIVE BLOG

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