Illuminating Vision for Moderate Muslims
Assalam-o-alaikum dear friends,
Based on a discussion on FaceBook about whether to keep beard or not. I wanted to share a post with you all. This is not a scholarly article but just a personal opinion about this and other such struggles.
I would like to suggest my friends who have understood the importance of beard to be patient and try your best to influence and encourage with best of your character and humble dialogue to let others adapt this and many other such changes. We all have our personal weaknesses and when we conquer some level or change we should not forget that may be others are still struggling and need the best influence and that moment for change.
I would also request my other friends to consider not making statements until they have gained full understanding of both point of views. Because most probably when you will explore you will find who all support the perspective of keeping the beard and other issues are all based on opinions of great Imams based on Quran and Sunnah.
PERSONAL STORY: Some five years ago I was also searching the answer for same questions …. Is beard wajib, what should be the length of it etc …. During my search (till today) I found that all four school of Ahle Sunnah (Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafee, Imam Malik and Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal – Rehmatullah’Alaihi’Ajmaeen) unanimously endorse keeping beard and consider it Wajib … some scholars of this time endorse it as Sunnat-ul-Muaqqida. The only variation is the length of beard with one fist being 100% and others with the hope to fulfill the minimum.
Now the reason I share this personal story is to convey that we all have our weaknesses and are at different levels of our struggle. I work here in states and while I was searching for answers to above questions one day I reached home from office and started listening the speech linked below and Alhamdolillah this speech influenced me to start keeping the beard to atleast meet the minimum with the desire and hope to one day reach to next level. The speech is not about the subject of beard rather it is about implementing a spiritual change. I still know that it was a tough decision for me and must be for many but with mercy of Allah Almighty for the sake of Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallalahu’Alaihi’Wasallam) my quest finally reached to conviction. However, I still pray to reach next level to full compliance and blessings…….
So a lesson for all of us is that if we sincerely quest we will In’shaa’Allah reach to HAQ (truth), in the mean time we must always strive for exhibiting the best of our love and devotion to Allah Almighty and Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam). We need to keep our struggle to transform ourselves from a Muslim to Momin to Mohsin.
Here are some other lectures from the same series:
Let’s hope and pray that we all leave a positive contribution to a path of change. Some may do faster others may be slow; but the faster ones should always encourage the slower ones but don’t abandon them. As we all must strive to change ourselves and all around us.
Jazak’Allahu’Khaira and best regards,
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