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When one is fasting, can he shave his beard ?

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Question: When one is fasting, can he shave his beard ? I have heard that it is possible but before noon (12pm). Please clarify in the light of quran & hadith.

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Shaving beard while fasting

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Your Question: When one is fasting, can he shave his beard ? I have heard that it is possible but before noon (12pm). Please clarify in the light of quran & hadith.

Ibn 'Umar related that the Messenger of Allah (sws) said, "Do the opposite of what the pagans do!:  Let your beards grow and trim your moustache."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.651         Narrated by Abu Said Al Khudri

The Prophet (saws) said, "There will emerge from the East some people who will recite the Qur'an but it will not exceed their throats and who will go out of (renounce) the religion (Islam) as an arrow passes through the game, and they will never come back to it unless the arrow, comes back to the middle of the bow (by itself, i.e., impossible!).’  The people asked, "O Messenger of Allah (saws), what will their signs be?"  He (saws) said, "Their sign will be the habit of shaving of their beards.’

We assume that by the term ‘shave his beard’ you mean to inquire the permissibility of ‘trimming’ one’s beard. 

There is absolutely no restriction in Islam (except if one is in the state of ‘ehram’ for the Pilgrimage of Umrah or Hajj) if one wishes to trim or shape his beard, regardless of whether it is day or night, whether one is fasting or not fasting, etc.  The shaving or trimming of the beard has absolutely no relation to the validity of one’s fast, one may trim or shape it whenever one wills.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

Burhan