Is shaving the beard a major sin?

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:

? Question:

Is shaving the beard considered a major sins?

? Answer:

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

with him-]

So the one who shaves the beard is not free from resembling the women.

And with Allaah comes all success.


Translated by:

Abu Sulaymaan Khaalid Al-Haatimi

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