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Saheeh Al-Jami ‘As-Saghir Hadith No. 207

By almaas Dec 16, 2023

أحفوا الشوارب واعفوا اللحى» .
(صحيح) … [م ت ن] عن ابن عمر [عد] عن أبي هريرة. رياض الصاحين 1213, الروض1035)

It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Trim your mustache [1] and let go of your beards.” 

This hadith was narrated by Ahmad (2/16), al-Bukhari (5893) , Muslim (259), at-Tirmidhi (2763), al-Nasai (1/15, 8/129, 181), al-Bazzar (5566) , al-Bayhakyi in Sunan al-Kubra (1/149) and Shu’ab al-Iman (6430), at-Tahawi in Sharh ma’ani al-asar (4/230), Abu Ya ‘la (5738) words of Ibn’ Umar; Ibn ‘Adi in al-Kamil, according to Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with them. 

[1] This means that the hair should be shortened so that it does not cover the upper lip.

Sheikh al-Albani called the hadith authentic. See Sahih al-Jami ‘as-saghir (207), Sahih an-Nasai (15, 5060, 5241), Riyadu-s-Salihin 1213, ar-Raud 1035.

See also hadith nos. 1067, 2560, 3209, 4392.

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It is reported that when the messengers of Kisra, the ruler of the Persians, entered upon the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), they were shaved and had mustaches. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not want to look at them and, turning away, said: “Woe to you! Who commands you to do this ?! “ They replied: “This is what our Lord Kisra commands us!” at-Tabari in “Tarikh ar-rusul wal-mulyuk” (2 / 655-656), Ibn Sa’d in “at-Tabakat” (1/258), and others.

This hadith has three paths, two of which are transmitted in the form of mursal. One from the words of Yazid ibn Abi Khubaib, and the second from ‘Ubaidullah ibn’ Abdullah, who did not find the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). However, the isnads of these both mursals are authentic, as Sheikh al-Albani said.

The third way of hadith leads Imam Ibn Bushran in al-Amali with continuous isnad from Abu Hurayrah, but this way is unreliable because of the transmitter of ‘Isma ibn Sa’id.

Shaykh al-Albani strengthened this hadith due to the three mentioned ways and called it good in Ta’lik ‘ala Fiqh al-sira (389) and Difa’ an al-hadith an-nabawi (50).

Al-Bayhakyi narrated in Sunan al-Kubra (1/151) that ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn’ Abdullah al-Uwaisi said: “Malik ibn Anas mentioned that some people shave their mustaches, and he said: whoever does this should be beaten. The Hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) does not speak of shaving a mustache, they should be shortened so that the edge of the lips and mouth are visible. Also Malik ibn Anas said: “Shaving the mustache is an innovation / bid’a / that has appeared among people.” End of quote.

Malik (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It was narrated from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) that when he was upset about something, he would reel (on his finger) his mustaches. If they were completely shaved off, then he would have nothing to reel. ” See at-Tamhid (21 / 62-68).

Al-Bayhakyi in Sunan al-Kubra (1/151) narrated that Shurahbil ibn Muslim al-Hawliani said: “I saw five Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who shortened their mustaches, grew their beards and dyed them saffron: Abu Umama al-Bahili, ‘Abdullah ibn Busr,’ Utba ibn ‘Abd al-Sulami, al-Hajjaj ibn’ Amir al-Sumali and Mikadam ibn Ma’dikarib al-Kindi. They shortened their mustaches to the edge of their lips. ” Sheikh al-Albani called the hadith good in Adabu-z-Zifaf.

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