Joined: Apr 2005
Some fataawaa from Shaikh Al-Albaanee:
Is there a limit to growing facial hair, since some people have very thick hair which sometimes goes from the chest to the neck and even all the way to the eyes?
It is not permissible for the Muslim to remove any hair from the beard except what the Lawgiver has allowed. It is reported from one of the companions who narrated the hadeeth, "Leave the beard and trim the moustaches," 'Abdullaah bin 'Umar, that he used to remove from his beard what was below a fistful. Apart from that, trimming the beard is against the Sunnah, whether or not the man's beard is pleasing to him, and whether or not it is pleasing to others, for all of Allaah's creation is handsome, as in the saheeh hadeeth, where the Prophet (S) saw a man with a long waist-shirt and ordered him to have his izaar halfway up his shins; the man gave the excuse that he had a defect in his ankles, so the Prophet (S) said, "All of Allaah's creation is handsome." (saheeh- Ahmad and others. This phrase is actually of Qur'anic origin cf. Sajdah 32:7)
Really we must memorize this hadeeth well in order to answer the misconceptions in issues like this. One who says that "my wife has a lot of hair and I do not want to go near her" should remember this hadeeth, and in fact remember the saying of Allaah:
"So set your face truly to the faith, Allaah's handiwork according to the pattern on which he has made mankind, (let there be) no change in the creation of Allaah." (Roum 30:30)
Also the hadeeth
"Allaah has cursed the woman who tattoos and the one who asks for it, the woman who plucks the eyebrows and the one who asks for it and the woman who makes gaps in her teeth, who change the creation of Allaah for the sake of beauty."(Bukhari, narrated by 'Abdullah bin
These few quotes are enough as proof to show that it is not allowed to change the creation of Allaah in any way. On top of this, there is the clear text about the shin; so if the man who wants to cover the defect in his shin were to say that there is a defect in my ankle, the defect would be attributed to the Creator:
Glorified is He and High above all that they say, Exalted and Great. (Israa' 17:43 )
Similarly, the Prophet (S) said, "Do not abuse Time, for Allaah is Time."
Your Lord does create and choose as He pleases: no choice have they. Glory be to Allaah! And far is He above the partners they ascribe (to him)! (Qasas 28:68)
According to His Wisdom, Allaah has differentiated between men and women, created man with a beard and created women without a beard; He did not do this without reason. Also there are among men those with thick beards, enough for an old wise man, others have light beards and still others have almost no beards at all, just like women.
Do you see any lack of proportion in the creation of the Most Gracious? (Mulk 67:3)
Allaah be cleared of blame!
Hence, it is obligatory to accept the creation of Allaah. Also, as I recently said for the benefit of some brothers, although this will lengthen the discussion I will nevertheless mention it: this man, who has been mentioned in the question, whose beard reaches up to his eyes, what is his Islamic obligation when he stands before the mirror? A sincere believing Muslim, when he looks at his figure in the mirror, says: "O Allaah! As you have made my appearance beautiful, likewise make my character beautiful (Allaahumma kamaa hassanta khalqee, fa hassin khuluqee. This supplication is reported in a hadeeth on looking in the mirror, but with a non-authentic isnad. However, it is authentically related as a supplication at any time. See Ibn Taymiyyah's al-Kalim at- Tayyib with Albaani's footnotes). So, would this man say: you have not made my appearance beautiful"?! This would be Kufr itself.
Thus, it is obligatory on the believers to believe in Allaah really and truly, and to implement this in their lives, and to accept fully Allaah's creation just as they accept His laws. Just as it is not allowed to violate His laws, similarly it is not permissible to intentionally oppose the practice of Allaah in His creation, and you will never find change in the practice of Allaah. (cf.Ahzaab 33:62)
Regarding plucking the eyebrows for beautification?
Rather we should be pleased with Allaah's creation, as He says:
WA RABBUKA YAKHLUQU MAA YASHAA'U WA YAKHTARU (Sooratul Qasas aayah 68)