Shaving the beard off is sinful

Reference: http://mufti.af.org.sa/ar/content/خالفوا-المجوس-قصوا-الشوارب

Question: Is the one who shaves his beard off sinful? Because I heard someone saying “the one who practices the Sunnah is rewarded, and the one who does not is not sinful.”

Response: Shaving off the beard is prohibited, and letting the beard grow is obligatory. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Oppose (differ from) the magians; trim the moustaches» – Saheeh Muslim no.259

…and:

«Oppose (differ from) the mushrikoon; trim the moustaches and leave the beards [to grow]» – Saheeh Muslim no.260 and Musnad Ahmad v2, p366

So the Sunnah is to leave the beard [to grow], and not to touch (shave) it. And if he has spoken about this obligation to be a Sunnah, then this [here] does not mean [both the act of] doing and leaving are equal. No, rather shaving off the beard is sinful. That is because opposing the Sunnah of Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) means to oppose his guidance and his way. And that which should not be understood here by the [use of the term] Sunnah is that “the one who practices it is rewarded, and the one who does not is not sinful.”

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.