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Ruling on trimming beard & sea foods, prawns, calamari?


I have two questions.


First question


1. i follow hanafi fiqh and have a fist length beard, but i find it gets tangled often and hurts. Also it has come to point where it is going quite wide and looks messy and not neat.

Can i shorten my beard around my face to an even length and make neater?


2. in regards to prawns and clamari, ( i follow hanafi fiqh). We spoke with an alim who advised some syrian hanafi ulema allow the eating of all seafood. Can i please have some clarity if this is permissable?

please advise me what i should do.

( Questions Published as received )


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

  1. It would be permissible to trim the beard around the face to an even length provided that you do not trim it to less than a fist. The trimming of the beard to less than a fist (from all three sides of the face) is not permissible according to all four schools of thought (i.e. Hanafi, Shafi’, Maliki and Hanbali).


The beard is in itself a sign of beauty in a person . You could keep the beard neat and tidy by combing it regularly and applying oil to it.


  1. According to the Hanafi school of thought, only those sea creatures which are classified as (Samak) – are Halal.  Calamari does not fall in this category and therefore will not be permissible to consume.  There are differences of opinion with regards to the permissibility of consuming prawns among the Hanafi contemporary Ulama on the pretext of whether it falls under the category of Samak or not; some Ulama are of the opinion that it is permissible whilst some say no. Thus, there would be scope in consuming them. However, a cautious approach is in abstaining from them.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Safwaan Ibn Ml Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim

Student Darul Iftaa
Limbe, Malawi

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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