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Scientific and Islamic Reasons for Growing a Beard

By Mushtaq , Gohar, Dr.

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Title: Scientific and Islamic Reasons for Growing a Beard  
Author: Mushtaq , Gohar, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Science, Beard in Light of Islam and Modern Science
Collections: Islam, Authors Community
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Publisher: Ta-Ha publishers limited
Member Page: Gohar Mushtaq


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Topics Scientific reasons for growing the beard, beard in quran, sunnah, hadeeth, islamic fiqh, reasons for the rise of beardless culture among Muslims, why grow a beard, scientific research done by social psychologists which shows that the presence of a beard on man’s face makes him appear more attractive, intellectual, honest and heroic both in the eyes of women as well as men. In the beard, there is attraction, protection and perfection for men, interesting stories about the beard,The author has combined various disciplines in this book: tafseer, ahaadeth, opinions of Islamic jurists, history, social psychology, biology as well as comparative religion.

The author’s research in this book "Scientific and Islamic Reasons for Growing a Beard " is wide-ranging – from the history of the beard among various nations in the past and present to the reasons for the rise of beardless culture among Muslims. He delves deep into the psychological and sociological reasons which resulted in the negligence of this important Sunnah by many present day Muslims. To strengthen his case, the author has presented the recent scientific research done by social psychologists which shows that the presence of a beard on man’s face makes him appear more attractive, intellectual, honest and heroic both in the eyes of women as well as men. In the beard, there is attraction, protection and perfection for men.

The beard is a part of the male anatomy which beautifies, gives respectability and adorns the man. Dr. Daniel G. Freedman, at the University of Chicago (U.S.A.), did research on the survival value of the male beardedness. To test his theory, Dr. Freedman and his graduate students asked a group of undergraduates about their feelings about beardedness by giving them questionnaires as well as interviewing them. One of the graduate students further interviewed seven women about their feelings toward men with beard. The female students rated a bearded male face as more masculine, independent, sophisticated and mature as compared to a clean-shaven male face. They concluded from their studies that a beard increases "sexual magnetism" and attractiveness and makes the men more appealing to women. The presence of a beard makes a man appear more masculine to a woman, and she feels more feminine towards him. This research carried out by Dr. Freedman in the field of social psychology shows that the presence of beard on a man’s face makes him sexually more attractive to women.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION 4 CHAPTER 1 11 GROWING THE BEARD --- IN LIGHT OF QUR'AN AND HADEETH 11 Evidence from the Qur’an and Hadeeth 12 Position of Islamic Scholars regarding the growing of a beard 22 Physical Description of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 26 Shaa'ri Length of the Beard 30 Questions to ask those who have Doubts 32 CHAPTER 2 34 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PERTAINING TO THE BEARD 34 Presence of Beard Makes Men More Attractive to Women 35 Impression of a Man's Personality Based on the Presence or Absence of a Beard 36 Hypothesis that a Bearded Man is Perceived Less Attractive than a Non-Bearded Man Proven Wrong 38 Influence of Beard on the Perception of a Job Applicant by Persons Making the Hiring Decisions 39 Beardedness in Advertising 40 Effects of Having a Beard and Wearing Glasses on Judgments of Occupation and Personal Qualities 42 Beard Increases Our Own Feelings of Manhood 43 Beard as a Secondary Sex Characteristic of Males 44 Interesting Relationship between Sexual Activity and Beard Growth in Men 45 Medical Benefits of the Beard 47 Medically incorrect information about growing the beard 51 Total time wasted in shaving by a man in his whole lifetime 52 CONCLUSION 52 CHAPTER 3 54 REASONS FOR THE RISE OF BEARDLESS CULTURE AMONG MUSLIMS 54 Beard in Various Human Cultures: Its History 56 Modern Christians are not interested in Prophet Jesus Christ with a beard 59 Shaving Industry and Fashion Industry promote the 'Beardless-face' Culture through Advertisements and TV 60 CHAPTER 4 67 WHY GROW A BEARD? 67 Commandment of growing the beard in Jewish & Christian Religious Books 69 Adherence of the Amish people to the commandment of Growing the beard in the Bible 70 Significance of growing the beard in Sikh religious scriptures 71 Increasing trend of growing the beard among Japanese men 72 The beard can correct facial flaws of a person 73 Insights of a converted Muslim regarding the growing of beard 73 Concept of Deviance & Norm in society - Islam vs. Modern Sociology 75 Growing a beard does NOT prevent a Muslim from solving the important problems faced by the Muslim nation today 79 CHAPTER 5 81 INTERESTING STORIES AND HISTORICAL FACTS RELATED TO THE BEARD 81 Personal Story 82 Repentance (Tawbah) of Mirza Qateel 82 George Bernard Shaw did not fall into the trap of a razor-manufacturing company 83 Russian Empress Catherine the Great admired men with beards 84 Material Greed Resulted in a Person’s Disobeying Allah and Losing his Worldly Gain 85 A Pakistani Cricket Player and his Beard 86 Logic Used by Imam Faraahi to convince Sheikh Islaahi about the Importance of Beard in Islam 87 Reflections of an American Muslim about his beard 88 A Yong Girl wrote a Letter to Lincoln persuading him to grow his Beard 89 CHAPTER 6 90 CONCLUDING REMARKS 90 APPENDIX 94 BIBLIOGRAPHY 94 ISLAMIC SOURCES 94 OTHER SOURCES 96


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