Is it permissible for a man to trim, cut, or line his beard from the top or bottom, for any specific reason?
Answer: It is not permissible. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Grow the beards and trim the moustaches.” The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) left his beard, and he did not take anything from it, from any direction. It is befitting that an individual follow the guidance of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), rather it is compulsory. As Allah says in the Qur’aan, “Say: If you love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins.” Therefore, we understand that the guidance of the Prophet(sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and following it, is the path which leads to the pleasure of Allah. Thus, it is not permissible to take from the beard.
Questions and Answers with Shaykh Abdullaah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ghudayaan
Presented and Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry
January 10, 2010