Leave ‘Salafiyyah’ and shave off your beard, or else I’m divorcing your mother!

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Leave ‘Salafiyyah’ and shave off your beard, or else I’m divorcing your mother!▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: There’s a Salafi brother whose father hates Salafiyyah, (so much so that) his father said to him: ‘Wallaahi (by Allah), if you don’t leave Salafiyyah and stop growing your beard, I am going to divorce your mother!’ What should he do?

📝 Answer:

He must continue upon righteousness, and if his father divorces his mother then that’s his own loss – but he mustn’t abandon piety and leave off the Sunnah. He mustn’t shave off his beard. He should leave it as it is.

The Prophet ﷺ said:
((إنما الطاعة بالمعروف))
‘Obedience is only in that which is good’
[Reported by Bukhari and Muslim from the Hadeeth of Ali ibn Abi Taalib, may Allah be pleased with him]

So it’s not permissible for his father to command him with wrongdoing, nor is it permissible for him to prevent him from piety, seeking knowledge and accompanying the pious.

Nonetheless, if he is able to use some diplomacy with his father – for example, he stays away from the Salafees temporarily, until when his father has calmed down, he returns back to them. This is fine.

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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