Why do muslim men grow beards ?
Muslims have a core value which is that after God, the prophet Muhammad should be the most beloved person to them. The evidence for this has been stated in the hadith books:
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his father and all the people.'”
[Sunan Ibn Majah]
Now if someone loves someone, they generally listen, follow and wish to obey them.
Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Do the opposite of what the polytheists do, trim the moustache and leave the beard’
And as the traditional saying goes “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
So it be understood that muslim men grow the beard as a way of representing their love for the Prophet Muhammad and ultimately God. As God says in the Quran:
“Whoever obeys the Messenger has truly obeyed Allah…”
How important is growing the beard?
There are slightly different opinions about this amongst the scholars but generally the beard is seen to be either a highly encouraged action or a compulsory act that a man must do.
Does growing the beard come before being a good person?
Unfortunately in modern times the idea of growing a beard and establishing a firm length seems to take more focus and priority than actually adhering to the mannerisms and appropriate conduct that God instructs his believers to follow.
But this is not the way things should be, it is more important for a person to focus on making themselves a better person by working on becoming:
- More considerate
- More charitable
- Overcoming himself in times of anger
- Not becoming ungrateful
As well as many more….
Once a person begins to work on the quality of his inner self then the outer self will naturally spring (i.e. once a person begins to work on becoming a better person by working on managing their anger or not being so harsh with people then the growing of a beard will come alongside all this).