The Beard - Taraweeh
Honourable Mufti Saheb! Kindly answer the following questions. May Allah reward you.
Haroon T. A.
In answer to your questions, I have to say that:
1: The beard has a very great importance in the view of Islam as it is the symbol of Islam and it is a practice (Sunnah) of all the Messengers of Allah Ta'ala and is also the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
2: It is totally prohibited and Makrooh Tahrimi (for a person who shaves his beard to be an Imaam). It is stated in "Durre Mukhtaar" as under:
"It is prohibited for a person to cut his beard and make it less
than one fist (in length)."
Also in "Durre Mukhtaar" it is stated as:
"It is Sunnah to keep the beard one fist (in length)."
Therefore, he who shaves his beard, is justly declared sinful (Fasiq-e Moalin) and it is totally prohibited to offer the Imaamat to such a person.
3: As above (same as answer 2). Therefore, they have no legitimacy to lead the congregation in Taraweeh Prayer and their repentance is not acceptable in the sight of a Qaadi.
It has been stated in "Alamgiri":
"If a sinful person makes Tauba, his repentance is not acceptable until the sign of repentance has appeared and the correct verdict is that the time (of repentance) is not specified, it is referred to the opinion of the Qaadi."
4: They are totally wrong. Therefore, they must refrain from this wrong tenet and they must repent.
[Mufti] Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qadiri Azhari
Markazi Darul Ifta