Barbers in a province in Afghanistan are now banned by the Taliban from shaving and trimming men’s beards as it “breaches Islamic law.”
Hairdressers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province are also barred from playing music in their shops under the latest regulations imposed by the Taliban based on their interpretation of the Islamic Sharia law.
According to reports the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice issued a copy of instructions this week which Afghans are expected to live by.
The order cited several verses from the Quran and hadiths, or sayings, about following whatever the Prophet Muhammad has asked Muslims to do.
The order read as follows;
“Growing a beard is a natural deed and the Sunnah [the way of life and legal precedent] of all Prophets and Islamic Sharia has repeatedly emphasized it.
Shaving or trimming a beard is forbidden under a unanimous decision by the religious scholars. Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, their followers, their successors, Mujahideen [holy warriors] and other scholars do not agree on shaving or trimming the beard.
So, it is understood that shaving or trimming a beard is against human nature and the action is against Islamic Sharia.
In view of the above all workers of the barbershops are informed to keep in mind Islamic Sharia and Islamic injunctions while cutting hairs and serving their customers.
All provincial departments under the ministry are directed that having beards is one of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad and all Muslims should follow Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.
All barbershop workers in the provinces are also instructed to keep in mind the instructions while trimming the beards of customers.
Officials should also try to implement the order politely and while speaking to the people so the countrymen bring their lives in conformity with their religion, Islamic obligations and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.”
according to the instructions.