Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why Don't you keep a Beard

A  young man recently informed me that his mother insists that he should shave off his beard atleast until he gets married. The reason : Many good looking educated modern girls don't prefer a bearded guy. I did not agree with him and I am sure most of my sisters who are my readers will also disagree with this statement???.
   Normally whenever I  come across such reservations or hesitation I approach with  a question. "Is it a reason or an excuse for not keeping a beard?"  The answer is obvious : Ofcourse it is a reason or rather compulsion.
  Well I have my own arguments for such exaggerated compulsions. Read them and use them to revive a sunnah
   Our beloved Prophet had more than 10 wives, and they included the best and the most noble women of that era. The Prophet, peace be upon him had a beard. If Allah can give him 10+ wives will he deprive you of at least one wife just because you are obeying his messenger? Suleman (Alaihi Wasalaam ) had hundreds wives and he was a Prophet with a  beard. Moosa (Alahi Wasalaam) had a beard and he was chosen by  Shuaib  as a groom for his noble daughter. All the companions of the Prophet (Alahi Wasalaam)  peace be upon him, had beard and in spite of this many had multiple wives.
    Keeping a beard is a sunnah of all the prophets and their companions.  It drives away your inferiority complex. and injects in you a confidence that you are acceptable even with your religious uniform. It is a sunnah that you are performing for all 24 hours a day, every minute, every second. Even when you are asleep you are observing a sunnah through a beard.  We are so particular about other sunnah which do not last for much time  ( though every sunnah is as precious and important) but we ignore this 24 x 7 sunnah quite often. How much reward are we missing if we don’t grow a beard? 
  A person can look good even if he keeps a beard. A person's goodness shines more through his behavior and dealing with people and not merely  by his looks. Imagine the scenario : 700 millions of Muslim growing beard and are seen in the streets, in malls, in colleges, in trains buses.... What an Impact of the community and representation would that be ! Right?
 So next time before applying GILLETTE on your face think about practicing this SUNNAH

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