Shaving the beard and being unable to perform some Salaat during military service

Question: Is it permissible to join an activity that requires shaving one’s beard, being unable to perform some of the prescribed Salaat (Prayers) at their due times, or obeying military orders to do what Allaah has forbidden?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to indulge in something that entails all these forbidden acts or even some of them; for this leads to disobedience to Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) more here.


Ruling on shaving the beard

Question 106: What is the ruling on the following categories of people in terms of belief and disbelief?

1- Who says that he does not believe in the Noble Qur’aan or in a verse of it.

2- A person who says that he believes his mind only.

3- A person who says to another, ‘You committed apostasy’ by going out with a girl displaying her charm.

4- A person who says: ‘I am in no need for such-and-such Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan).

5- A person who acts as Imaam for his family in Friday Prayer at home and delivers a sermon claiming that he offers Friday Prayer at home. Is his Prayer valid?

6 – A person who says to another, ‘Why do you not let the sideburns grow instead of the beard?’ Does he scorn the Sunnah? The Prophet (peace be upon him) says: Let the beards grow.

7- If a person committing the previous sins is persistent and denies to repent, does he become a disbeliever for his rejection to the Qur’aan and Sunnah?

Answer: First, A person who says that he does not believe in the Noble Qur’aan or in a verse thereof or that he believes only his mind regardless of the Sharee`ah, should be told that this saying is an act of disbelief. If he persists in saying it, he is apostate from Islam. The Muslim rulers shall invite him to repent; otherwise, he should be executed, for the belief in the Qur’aan is an article of faith. Denying one Aayah of the Qur’aan is similar to denying the whole Qur’aan. The person who believes his mind only to the rejection of Sharee`ah is considered a disbeliever in the Noble Qur’aan and the Messenger (peace be upon him).

Second: Going out with a girl displaying her charm is not an act of disbelief; it is a sin, for it is a means to illicit relations. A person who goes out with the girl displaying her charms should be advised. May Allaah guide him.

Third: The books of Tafseer are numerous. Some of them should not be read while some are reliable references to understand the Qur’aan such as those written by Ibn Jareer Al-Tabaree and Ibn Katheer. To give the true legal decision concerning this point, the relevant Tafsir denied by the person should be specified… read more here.