I am a Multazim (practicing Muslim); I wear a beard and I own a barbershop as this has been my vocation since I was small and I do not have any other occupation by which I could earn a living. During my work, I shave my customers' beards, is this sinful? What is the ruling on this? I also use hairdryers to style their hair. What is the ruling on this?
A: All Praise is due to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. Firstly: It is Haram (prohibited) for a Muslim to shave his beard, due to evidence from the Hadith Sahih (a Hadith that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) that show that it is Haram to shave their own beard or that of someone else. It is forbidden to shave someone else's beard, because this entails cooperating in sin, which is prohibited according to Allah's saying:
...but do not help one another in sin and transgression.
Secondly: It is permissible for you to comb, style, and apply oils and perfume to men's hair, but it is not permissible for you to do this for the women who are non-Mahrams (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) to you.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.