Why Can’t a Muslim Sport Beard in IAF, When Sikh can?

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KANPUR : ‘Lose that beard SOLDIER! Court confirms only Sikh Air Force Personnel can sport beards and NOT Muslims’, a MailOnline headline screamed – found me on one of the social networks, before I went looking for it on the news media I trust (which are growing fewer in number each day). Being a Sikh IAF prodigy myself, currently living in the highly-volatile post-Brexit UK where I’ve personally experienced overt and covert discrimination many times, I stand with Muhammad Zubair.

Law Lords have passed a judgement. It restricts a devout man to grow a beard. It is a miserable truce for him. But regulation and discipline are uppermost. In a world where everything moves with commanding standard, distress and dishonour find no weight. Now, the Muslim personnel in the Indian Air Force will not flow their long beard or grow trimmed beard. It has been considered by the apex court. It is applicable and acceptable to law-abiding Muslim servicemen.

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It is certainly a jaw-dropping gracious judgement which has come before us. Keeping beard was not a problem in earlier days but now every Muslim airman will think dozen times before keeping a beard on his face. The saner view is: It is better to act in accordance with the environment one lives in. Even the scholars will not disagree with it. Once a question was raised: How is the obligatory prayer for a Muslim possible in a half-sleeve shirt (uniform)? The answer came it is possible. Bear with the situation. Just in the same way beard or no beard, one must follow discipline and hold one’s head high by his patriotic feelings and good values.
What fuels fire instantly are the issues particularly related to the Muslims. Triple Talaq is the latest blast. And now the argument over growing beard for a Muslim airman is developing on its own slower speed. Though it is not going to receive as much importance as the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s two-hour relaxation for the Friday prayers to the Muslim government servants living in that state. There was a difference between a court’s order and the government order.

Taken from TheQuint Opinion : To check where they stand, I asked many Sikh organisations championing the Sikh identity cause in the UK, specially those who are keen on having a separate Sikh Regiment. Only two responded.


One airman Mohd Zubair was sacked for sporting the beard. The court upheld that the sacking as it was against armed forces regulation. According to army rules only the Sikh community is allowed to grow a beard. The Sikh Council is an apex Sikh body in UK which plays a vital role in policy decisions related to the community.


Zubair had appealed against the IAF asserting his fundamental right when its view was sought the IAF told the Court: The practice of growing the beard is optional and is not universally recognised in the religion of Islam.
Although the beard is the practice of the Prophets as we learn from the twentieth chapter of the Holy Quran where the verse goes thus: “O Son of my mother, do not seize (me) by my beard or by my head.” It is reported to Prophet Haroon (Aaron). It should be understood as denoting obligation unless otherwise proved.

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Scholars have different views about growing, shortening and shaving the beard. Basically, the religion of Islam disallows all those actions which were practised by the Jews and the fire worshippers at the time. The Jews and polytheists dyed their hairs, shaved and did everything dear to them. Therefore, the Prophet of Islam suggested the Muslims should resemble differently from them. From this notion there began the practice of beard among the Muslims. It can be incorrect but not out and out wrong.
According to some scholars, it is obligatory to grow a beard so it is haram to shave it. While others called it a sunnah so it is makrooh (abominable) to shave it. Still, a few others say it is mustahab (preferred) to grow a beard.

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If we see the beard growth during adulthood it looks a natural feature. How one keeps it becomes an individual’s choice as to whether he should shave or trim or grow. Shaving the beard means changing what the Almighty created. This is even mentioned in the Holy Quran’s verse. The act of shaving, which is carried out by obeying the devil, is forbidden. If we look at the modern-day fashionable trends, growing beard is also one of those passions. There are various kinds of stylish beard which fashion-minded persons flash on their respective faces according to the selection and taste. In regard to Indian Muslims, it can be accepted that they are more and inclining towards growing beard and their numbers are rising day by day. They are certainly following a religious pattern like Iranians. Beard was used to be identical to a person of high calibre as we often see in frames of the mighty minds but it is no longer as such. It is also affixed that keeping a beard saves a person from bad eye-sight.  On view is that what began from Greece through France, Germany and Great Britain was completely changed by none other than the Americans whose civilisation denotes mixed culture. We can reject the opinion that the Asians were m

If we look at the modern-day fashionable trends, growing beard is also one of those passions. There are various kinds of beard which fashion-minded persons flash on their respective faces according to the selection and taste. In regard to Indian Muslims, it can be accepted that they are more and more inclining towards growing beard and their numbers are rising day by day. They are certainly following a religious pattern like Iranians. Beard was used to be identical to a person of high calibre as we often see in frames of the mighty minds but it is no longer as such. It is also affixed that keeping a beard saves a person from bad eye-sight.  On view is that what began from Greece through France, Germany and Great Britain was completely changed by none other than the Americans whose civilisation denotes mixed culture. We can reject the opinion that the Asians were more considerate in growing beard than the Europeans.

Disclaimer : This article is Sole opinion of Author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Irony Of India . The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article.

 

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