Q: I read in a book entitled: "Majmu‘at Rasa’il Al-Shaykh
a Hadith on the authority of
(may Allah be pleased with him) that is
“The Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) let their moustaches grow and cut their beards off. So, do the opposite of what they do; let the beards grow and trim the moustaches.”
also related on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: (Part No. 5; Page No. 162)
“Do the opposite of what the Magians do,”
because they used to cut their beards and let their moustaches grow long. My question is that many men today cut both their beards and their moustaches.
Do they thus differ from the Magians by cutting both the beard and the moustache without exception,
or does this involve imitating the Magians? Please advise me and may Allah bless you!
All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions.
If the reality is as you mentioned, they are imitating them in what they do that is the same as them, but not in what they differ from them. It is obligatory on every Muslim to differ from the Magians and the Mushriks in every way, so they should let their beards grow and cut their moustache short in accordance with the Sahih (authentic) Hadith that order Muslims to grow their beards and trim their moustaches. Among them is one Hadith that reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; do the opposite of what the Magians do.”
(Related by Imam
Muslim in his "Sahih [Book of Authentic Hadith])
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.