بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم
▪️Is shaving the beard a major sin?▪️
Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:
Is shaving the beard considered a major sins?
Shaving the beard is a sinful act which is oft-repeated, so based on this fact alone (i.e. trivialising shaving) it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if it reaches the level of being a major sin. It’s established that ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbaas -may Allaah be pleased with him- said:
((لا صغيرة مع الإصرار، ولا كبيرة مع الاستغفار))
“No sin is ‘minor’ with persistence, and no sin is ‘major’ with repentance.”
[Reported by Abdur-razzaq and ibn Jareer with an authentic chain]
So minor sins become major simply by persisting upon them.
Moreover, shaving is a sin which is practiced out in the open, as we all know.
So considering it as a major sin is not something far-fetched, rather this is the strongest opinion from the scholars.
What’s more, shaving is likening oneself to women, and imitating the enemies of Allaah; the disbelievers, whereas the prophet ﷺ says:
“Trim the moustache and grow the beard, distinguish yourselves from the Jews”, or rather he ﷺ said, “distinguish yourselves from the fire worshippers (Majoos).”
And he ﷺ said:
((لعن الله المتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء، ولعن المتشبهات من النساء بالرجال))
“Allaah cursed men who liken themselves to women, and He cursed women who liken themselves to men.”
[Reported by Bukhaari from the hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas -may Allaah be pleased
So the one who shaves the beard is not free from resembling the women.
And with Allaah comes all success.
Abu Sulaymaan Khaalid Al-Haatimi
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