By Majlisul Ulama
A Brother from Cape Town offers the following Naseehat regarding a new shaitaani trend, namely, lengthening the moustaches during the month of November, initiated by some devils in a stupid movement called, MOVEMBER.
MOVEMBER ANOTHER SUNNAH OFFENDER
When the two messengers of Kisra came to Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), they had long moustaches and shaved beards.
Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) turned his face away in disgust and asked them, “Who commanded you to do this (despicable deed)?”
They replied, “Our Lord (i.e. King)”, at this, Rasulullah (salallaahu alayhi wasallam) mentioned, “But my Lord has commanded me to lengthen my beard and shorten my moustache.”
The month of November has arrived and with it unfortunately comes many haraam kuffaar practices that muslims who are devoid of basic deeni ilm enjoy following.
Besides Muslims burning their wealth on “Fire works” for Mr Guy Fawkes, a fairly new completely unislamic trend called MOVEMBER has arrived.
This organization has been initiated by the kuffaar to conspiratorially distance ignorant muslims from the beautiful sunnah of Rasulullah(salallahu alayhi wasallam) and to attach them to kuffaar ways.
The MOVEMBER initiative advises men to grow their moustaches for the month of November in support of certain cancers men could develop.
Regardless of the mission an organization aspires to, a muslim never compromises his obedience to Allah Azza Wa Jal and Rasulullah (salallaahu alayhi wasallam) for emulation of kuffaar.
Islam teaches us the opposite of the kuffaar ways, in Islam we cut our moustaches and lengthen our beards.
Rasulullah (salallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Cut your moustaches and allow your beards to droop and oppose the fire-worshippers.” [Sahih Muslim]
“Clip the moustaches properly and lengthen the beards well and do not imitate the Jews.” [Tahaawi – Sharh Ma’aanil Aathar]
Allah Ta’ala has also commanded obeying and following the way of Rasulullah (saloallaahu alayhi wasallam). He has also ordered him to proclaim to the people that if anyone loves Allah, then he should follow the example of his Rasul (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
Allah Ta’ala says in the Quraan Majeed:
“Say, [O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)], if you (really) love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Say: Obey Allah and the Messenger. But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers.” [Al-Qur’an 3:31,32]
The practice of keeping the beard is both an act of obedience to Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) as well as an emulation of his noble practice. It is also a demonstration of love for him. Since Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has instructed that we keep the beard, doing so constitutes fulfillment of a wajib order in Islam. Moreover, the beard is also the insignia of a Muslim as well as an expression of love for Allah Azza Wa Jal.
Today we see businesses supporting the Movember initiative and instructing its employees to participate as well, whether Muslim or not the employees make a fun month out of it.
As a Muslim it is recommended to do MUHASABA (Stock-taking) of oneself and MURAQABAH OF DEATH (Reflect on the moment of death). If a muslim partakes in the Movember initiative and grows his moustache thick, and if maut (Death) comes to such a person, would that be a good way to spend your final month/week/day etc..? Or even a bigger disgrace would be being raised on the day of Qiyamah looking like a kaafir. We all want the intercession of Rasulullah (salallaahu alayhi wasallam) but as Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) turned his face away in disgust at the two messengers of Kisra, would we want the same things to happen to us on the day when we would need all the mercy we could possibly receive??
The growing of the moustache and the shaving of the beard is the practice of the polytheists while the lengthening of the beard and the clipping of the moustache is the practice of the illustrious Prophets of Allah Azza Wa Jal. This is why Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has very rigidly emphasized such practices to the extent of declaring:
“Whoever does not clip his moustache is not of us.” (Tirmidhi and Nassai)