Misconception: Muslim men have to grow a beard

Background: Some think that all Muslim men have to have a beard, mainly due to the many images seen in the media of Muslim clerics having a beard.

There is only one mentioning of a person having a beard in The Quran, that of Aaron in 20:94, but it is not stated as a command or requirement. Muslim men having a beard is a tradition associated with the reported sayings/practices of prophet Muhammad, as recorded by others generations later.

Studies have shown that larger surface areas will attract more dust/dirt/germs/etc, thus a person with no beard is likely to have less of this material on him than a person with a beard if all other factors are the same. Whilst this is a trivial point, it is highlighted because it seems to contradict the notion of physical cleanliness/purity that religious clerics often promote.

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