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Growing a Beard In Light of the Qur'an Sunnah and Modern Science
[1I2pp Dr Gohar Mushtaq PB 56pp Fw: Imam Zaid Shakir Taha Publishers. A Good Study]

Growing a Beard In Light of the Qur\'an Sunnah and Modern Science

Growing a Beard In the Light of the Qur�an, Sunnah and Modern Science
By Gohar Mushtaq
Paperback 56 Pages
Ta-Ha Publishers London UK

This book provides a detailed study on the importance of growing the beard in Islam. In the present age, many Muslims are affected by the Western imperialism and media so much that they do not consider the beard as a symbol of Muslim identity anymore. 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 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.

The author has written a penetrating book on the significance of the beard in Islam. While many present day Muslims seek to minimise the significance of the beard, Dr. Gohar, relying on both religious and scientific documentation, has shown many of the deeper spiritual and psychological implications involved in both shaving and growing the beard. A great deal of information has been presented in a succinct and readable manner.

From the Foreword by Imam Zaid Shakir:

�Dr. Gohar Mushtaq has written a penetrating book on the significance of the beard in Islam. While many present-day Muslims seek to minimize the significance of the beard, Dr. Gohar, relying on both religious and scientific documentation, has shown many of the deeper spiritual, and psychological implications involved in both shaving and growing the beard.�

Gohar Mushtaq, born in 1971, completed his High School education in Pakistan and then, moved to the U.S.A. for higher-studies. He received his Bachelors in Science degree fromYork College of The City University of New York in 1995 where he was the Valedictorian of 1995 class (graduting student with the highest GPA [grade point average) in the whole college) which was the large class in the history,., of York College. Gohar received his Masters in Science degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University (New Jersey) and his PhD degree in Chemistry in 2001 (research specializing in the field of Biochemistry & Biophysical Chemistry). At Rutgers University, he was also the recipient of Graduate Teaching Excellence Award (2000) for the best teaching performance as a teaching assistant of college-level Chemistry to students. From his childhood, he received thorough Islamic education from his father. Throughout his college and university education, he continued studying the classical Islamic sciences privately from various Islamic teacher's which include Imam Abdur Rehman Kaashmiri and Imam Ismael. He frequently delivers Fridays khutbaahs and lectures at various educational institutions, mosques and Islamic centers in the, areas of New York and New Jersey.

Table of Contents of �Growing a Beard: In Light of Qur'an, Sunnah and Modern Science�

Introduction
Chapter 1
Growing the beard�In the light of Qur'an and Hadeeth
Physical Description of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
Position of Islamic Scholars regarding the growing of a beard
Shaa'ri Length of the Beard
Questions to ask those who have doubts

Chapter 2
Scientific Research Pertaining to the Beard
Presence of beard makes men sexually more attractive
Impression of a Man's Personality based on the Presence or Absence of a Beard
The hypothesis that a bearded man is perceived less attractive than a non-bearded man has been proved wrong by research
The influence of beard on the perception of a job applicant by persons making the hiring decisions
Effects of having a beard and wearing glasses on judgements of occupation and personal qualities
Beard increases our own feelings of manhood (self-perceived masculinity)
Beard as a secondary sex characteristic of males
Interesting Relationship between Sexual Activity and Beard Growth in Man
Medical Benefits of the Beard
Medically incorrect information about growing the beard
Total time wasted in shaving by a man in his whole lifetime

Chapter 3
Reasons for the Rise of Beardless Culture among Muslims
Modern Christians are not interested in Prophet Jesus Christ with a beard
Shaving Industry and Fashion Industry promote the 'Beardless-face' Culture through Advertisements and TV

Chapter 4
Why Grow a Beard?
Commandment of growing the beard in Jewish and Christian Religious Books
Adherence of the Amish people to the commandment of Growing the beard in the Bible
Significance of growing the beard in Sikh religious scriptures
Increasing trend of growing the beard among Japanese men
The beard can correct facial flaws of a person
Insights of a converted Muslim (new Muslim) regarding the commandment of growing the beard in Islam
Concept of Deviance & Norm in society according to Islam as opposed to Modern Sociology
Growing a beard does NOT prevent a Muslim from solving the important problems faced by the Muslim nation today

Chapter 5
Interesting Stories and Historical Facts Related to the Beard
Personal Story
Repentance (Tawbah) of Mirza Qateel
George Bernard Shaw did not fall into the trap of a razor-manufacturing company
Russian Empress Catherine the Great admired men with beards
Material Greed Resulted in a Person�s Disobeying Allah and Losing his Worldly Gain
Logic Used by Imam Faraahi to convince Sheikh Islaahi about the Importance of Beard in Islam
Reflections of an American Muslim about his beard
A Yong Girl wrote a Letter to Lincoln persuading him to grow his beard which would increase his popularity in the public

Chapter 6
Concluding Remarks


The Sunna of the Prophet: The people of fiqh Versus the people
The Sunna of the Prophet: The people of fiqh Versus the people
More Than 1000 Sunan;]Sayings & Acts of the Prophet Every Day,A5
More Than 1000 Sunan;]Sayings & Acts of the Prophet Every Day,A5
APPROACHING The SUNNAH:<f>Comprehension&Controversy (Al Qaradwi)
APPROACHING The SUNNAH:Comprehension&Controversy (Al Qaradwi)
The Sunnah of the Prophet: Part of Divine Revelation, As-Sabuni
The Sunnah of the Prophet: Part of Divine Revelation, As-Sabuni

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