Why do Muslim men
keep the beards God
made to grow on their faces?
A very good question?
Lets begin with rudimentary observations comments
Did Abraham, Moses, King David and Jesus, peace be upon them, have a beard or not?
Do observant faithful male followers of Judaism have breads or not?
The beard is the natural God given sign of manhood, and the universal distinguishing mark of masculinity from femininity. This is why all prophets of God like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, may Allah’s peace be upon them all, had beards and ordered their followers to keep their beards.
Shaving the beard entirely or shaving the beard partially and prolonging the mustache, is only a recent innovation in mankind originating among the pagans and polytheists and then spreading among others and blindly aped by some of the believers of monotheism – the professed faith of many. Muslims seek to maintain the way of the prophets in this aspect of the God given appearance of masculinity. Its as simple as that. And yet it has become much more, like the modest covering of faithful women as mentioned below.
There are specific commands of the Prophet Muhammad, may the salutations of peace and blessings be upon him and his family and followers, that order the believers to maintain their beards and to trim their mustaches, and these commands are reported in authentic narrations in various phrases that make the command one of religious obligation not voluntary choice. since there are lengthy papers and books on the subject which any diligent search will reveal, it is not necessary here to enumerate them.