Does Shaving The Beard Invalidate The Fast? -- By Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Muhammad Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Does shaving the beard during the day in
Ramadaan invalidate the fast? May Allaah keep us and
all the Muslims from shaving their beards.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam for men to shave their beards during
Ramadaan and at other times, because of the saheeh
ahaadeeth which clearly enjoin allowing the beard to
For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: "Be different from the
mushrikeen: let your beards grow and trim your
moustaches." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5892; Muslim,
And he said: "Trim the moustache and let the beard
grow; be different from the Magians." Narrated by
The great scholar Ibn Muflih (may Allaah have mercy on
Ibn Hazm stated that there was scholarly consensus
saying that trimming the moustache and letting the
beard grow are obligatory.
Shaving the beard is not one of the things that break
the fast, but it does detract from the reward of the
fasting person. The same applies to other sins such as
lying, backbiting, and so on.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)
was asked: Does engaging in haraam kinds of speech
during the day in Ramadan invalidate a person's fast?
If we read the words of Allaah (interpretation of the
"O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is
prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those
before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the
we will understand that that the reason behind the
enjoining of fasting is so as to instill piety. Piety
means giving up haraam things, and in general means
doing what is enjoined and abstaining from what is
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and
acting in accordance with it, or ignorance, Allaah has
no need of his giving up his food and drink." Narrated
by al-Bukhaari, 6057.
Based on this, it is most important that the fasting
person avoids haraam words and deeds. So he should not
backbite about people, tell lies or spread malicious
gossip amongst them; he should not engage in haraam
transactions; and he should avoid all haraam things.
If a person avoids such things for a whole month, then
he will remain righteous for the rest of the year. But
unfortunately many of those who fast do not
differentiate between a day when they are fasting and
a day when they are not fasting. So they continue to
speak and act as they usually do, engaging in haraam
actions such as lying, cheating and so on. You cannot
sense the dignity of fasting in them at all. These
actions do not invalidate the fast but they do detract
from its reward, and when they are done continually
they may cancel the reward of fasting altogether.
From Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol.
19, question no. 233.
And Allaah knows best.