1. 1.If the imam is beardless, will the musalli be sinful if they remain quiet? What should they be doing?
  2. 2.How the whole khilal process of the beard is tone during wudū?
  3. 3.How many times should the khilal be done according to the Sunnah?
  4. 4.Is it makrooh tanzeehi or tahreemi or haraam to pluck the white or grey hair from the beard or hair?
  5. 5.Is transplantation of the beard permissible?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.


First of all, we wish to commend your zeal for acquiring Islamic knowledge. However, just like food needs to be eaten bit by bit, likewise it is better to only ask a few questions at a time, so that the information provided does not become overwhelming. The purpose of knowledge is to practice on it and just like you have the responsibility to practice on that knowledge, likewise we have the responsibility to keep matters easy for people.

Hereunder are the answers to your query in sequence.


  1. It is wâjib(compulsory) for a person to have a fist length beard. Therefore, it is impermissible to shave the beard or trim it less than the length of one’s fist. As such, it is not permissible to appoint such a person as an Imām. If one prays behind such an Imām, the Salâh will be Makrūh Tahrimi(reprihensible). The congregation should therefore request the management of the Masjid to change the imam. If they are not willing to do so, then you should perform salāh in another Masjid, where the Imām adheres to the Sharī’ah. If that is not plausible to do, then one should still pray in congregation as Nabî Karīm advised us to pray behind the Imām, whether he be pious or sinful. The sinful implications in this case will no longer rest with the congregation as they did whatever was plausible for them to do to address the situation.
  2. Khilāl is the simple procedure of utilizing the fingers of your right hand as a comb which you pass through your beard. You take a handful of water inside the palm of your right hand and apply it under the jawbone area as you pass your hand through the beard.
  3. Khilāl is only to be done once.
  4. It is not permissible to pluck one’s grey hair from the beard or head.[1]
  5. It is not permissible to undergo hair transplantation for the beard. This is irrespective whether the donor hair is your own or someone else's.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Khalil Johnson

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

   [1] حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح, أحمد بن محمد بن إسماعيل الطحطاوي الحنفي - توفي 1231 هـ, أحمد بن محمد بن إسماعيل الطحطاوي الحنفي - توفي 1231 ه, محمد عبد العزيز الخالدي, دار الكتب العلمية بيروت - لبنان, الطبعة الأولى 1418هـ - 1997م, , , 1 [526 1] وفي الخلاصة عن المنتقى كان أبو حنيفة لا يكره نتف الشيب إلا على وجه التزين اهـ وينبغي حمله على القليل أما الكثير فيكره لخبر أبي داود لا تنتفوا الشيب فإنه نور المسلم يوم القيامة

سنن أبي داود, أبو داود سليمان بن الأشعث بن إسحاق بن بشير بن شداد بن عمرو الأزدي السَِّجِسْتاني, 275هـ, محمد محيي الدين عبد الحميد, المكتبة العصرية، صيدا - بيروت, الطبعة الأولى 1418هـ - 1997م, , , 4 [85 4] لا تنتفوا الشيب، ما من مسلم يشيب شيبة في الإسلام - قال عن سفيان: «إلا كانت له نورا يوم القيامة» ، وقال في حديث يحيى - إلا كتب الله له بها حسنة، وحط عنه بها خطيئة


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