PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Hairdressers Association on Monday announced a ban on making stylish beards, terming it un-Islamic.
“We made the decision after consulting religious scholars,” remarked KP Hairdressers Association President Muhammad Sharif Kahlun during a press conference. He said that religious scholars stated that since beard in Islam is Sunnah, no one is allowed to make jokes about it.
On these grounds, the hairdressers after a detailed discussion decided to ban stylish beards. Sharif Kahlun told the media, “99 per cent barbers in KP will follow the decision.”
In response to a question, he ruled out the impression that there were any threats or pressure on them.
In a number of KP districts, the civil administration has already imposed a ban on making fashionable or up-to-date beards. Even the district administrations in Swabi, Buner, Lower Dir, Swat and Mardan had formally issued notifications in this respect.
However, there hasn’t been any decision declared by the KP government in this connection.
Criticism on prim and proper beards first started after the murder of a student, Mashal Khan from Abdul Wali Khan University in April 2017 and later on, after the murder of Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud in a fake police encounter in Karachi on January 13 this year.