at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

The Sin of Shaving


Hadhrat Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammed Zakariyyah (rahmatullah alayh) states:

“When one looks upon such people (who shave) then this thought comes to mind that death does not have stipulated time. And if such people have to die whilst in this shaven state, then how will they ever be able to face the blessed countenance of Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam), when the first sight of him will be in the grave.

Together with this, occasionally this thought also comes to mind that other major sins like adultery, homosexuality, alcoholism, dealing in interest, etc. are all restricted to a specified time. Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) said: “An adulterer does not commit adultery whilst in the state of Imaan.” The Mashaaikh have written that the object of this Hadith is that during the course of the act of adultery, the Imaan of the adulterer leaves him/her. But after the act is complete, then the Noor of the Imaan returns to one. But, the sin of shaving is such that it remains with one all the time. Whilst performing Salaat then this sin is being perpetrated, whilst in the state of fasting, this sin is with one, the same applies to Hajj. This sin is being perpetrated whilst performing every act of Ibaadat.”

[“The Compulsion of the Beard”, page 4]

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Filed under: 3. Ibaadah, Sunnah & Hadith

5 Responses

  1. PostMan says:

    Kindly help me to understand this.. adultery is a lesser sin than shaving?

  2. True Life says:

    No, just the period of time engaged in sin is way longer than any of the other sins mentioned above by Shaykhul Hadeeth. The quote is not implying one sin being a lesser or bigger sin than another, because we all know that adultery and so on belong to the Kabair.

  3. Atif says:

    Assalamu’alaykum
    I feel this needs further explanation as well. What if one shaves, and then repents from it? Will he still be in a sinful state?
    The way the quote explains this matter is that “being clean-shaven” is a sin, and not the “act of shaving”. Because (correct if I am wrong, which I probably am) the command is to “let the beard grow”, and the act of shaving is a sin because you’re preventing the beard from growing.
    But the question I have is, is being clean-shaven a sin? Because after the initial sin of shaving, now you’re allowing your beard to grow.

    Jazaak Allah Khayr

  4. True Life says:

    Of course Allah sees and knows what is the intention in the heart of His ‘Abd.

  5. Bilal says:

    Can you please give any reference from Sahih Ahadith that verifies your claim that Shaving is sin ?

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