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???.
So next time before applying GILLETTE on your face think about practicing this SUNNAH
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?