is the sunnah beard obligated on a man

Q: Salam Imam,

I was wondering if the sunnah beard is obligated on a man. Though being sunnah many say it is fardh. People tell me I can’t shave it nor trim it
is that correct? (email)

Is beard not just a sunnah? (text)

Time: Wednesday February 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته


For those that wish to eliminate the wajib category, they too claim it is a sunnah. Sunnah comprises of multiple levels. Beard keeping remains as part of the higher echelon on the category of sunnah. The claim that many have made: its just a sunnah shows ignorance relating to the multiple categories of sunnah. Persons saying: its just a sunnah are in reality showing ignorance to self as well as the depth and breath towards this matter.

Kindly read the following for greater clarity. Cordially recontact us should any of the following remain unclear.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

p.s. Not keeping a beard does not require demeaning its religious function. Demeaning an aspect of religion only contributes to demeaning oneself.

2 responses to “is the sunnah beard obligated on a man

  1. Salaamu alaikum,

    How does one go about growing a beard, if they cannot grow a full beard? By this I am speaking about the ones who have trouble, because the hair does not grow evenly on the face. Should one still let the beard grow, with patches in it?

    Wa Salaam