Beards & Religion
People have beards for different reasons. It can be due to a dislike for shaving, tradition, an appeal to the opposite sex, or for the oldest reason - religion. Beards can be seen worn across many religions to signify masculinity, obedience, and to distinguish themselves from non-believers. Unfortunately beards create stereotypes and society immediately assumes a religious identity based on the hair on your face. To get a better understanding of beards in different religions, we have listed our findings below.
The Muslim affinity for beards has many sources. Although it is not mentioned in the Quran, the majority of scholars believe that beards are an optional way to show obedience to the Prophet Muhammad. Encouraged to grow a beard, it is said by those that promote it strongly that all the prophets have had one. Trimming the mustache and growing the beard is one of the 4 acts of fitrah.
The Rastafarians strongly follow the code that no sharp object shall damage man, no trimming, shaving, and tattooing of the skin. This is based off (Leviticus 21:5 ) "They shall not make baldness upon their heads, neither shall they shave off the corners of their beards, nor make any cutting in their flesh"
So the Bible clearly teaches that Kings, the Prophets, and Jesus had a beard. In the Bible, not having a beard was an embarrassment to a man, especially if it was taken from him in a shameful way. Read below for an excerpt from the Bible:
So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told unto David, he was sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.” (2 Samuel 10:4-5)
The Torah prohibits Jewish men from destroying the corners of the beard (Leviticus 19:27). According to Jewish tradition 'destroying' means, totally removing the hair of the beard so that not even the slightest stubble remains (Talmud Kiddushin 35b).
Hindus keep beards depending on which Dharma they follow. Many Hindu priests are unshaven as a sign of purity. The ancient text followed regarding beards depends on the Deva and other teachings, varying according to whom the devotee worships or follows. Many Sadhus, Yogis, or Yoga practitioners keep beards, and represent all situations of life. Shaivite ascetics generally have beards, as they are not permitted to own anything, which would include a razor. The beard is also a sign of a nomadic and ascetic lifestyle.
The Sikhs consider the beard to be an integral part of the male human body as created by God. They believe that it should be preserved, maintained, and respected as such. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, ordained and established the keeping of the hair as part of the identity and one of the insignia of Sikhs. Sikhs consider the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their manhood.
The Amish do not exchange traditional wedding rings when married, they simply stop shaving their beards forever once they are married.
As you have read, a mans beard plays an important role in how he practices his religion. A mans beard is his religious identity and masculine pride. Whether you agree with the above practices or not, you have the choice of maintaining a healthy beard no matter your faith. Thanks to IX Lions you can grow your beard with the highest quality beard oils and tools. We are sure that our products WILL make a believer out of you.