Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

“A person must prepare to meet Allaah عزوجل and know how he will meet Allaah— will he do so in a condition that pleases Him عزوجل or the opposite? So examine yourself and know what state you are in.”

—  [Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 478]

In the Arab and Muslim world, facial hair means far more than just style and grooming. It’s a sociological signifier, a shorthand that often tells you who you’re dealing with and what they’re all about before they can even speak. There are a couple of different styles in play, and as a journalist you learn to develop a sort of internal chart.

In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood members generally tend to go with the full but well-groomed beard and moustache. However Salafists - the ultraconservative fundamentalist Muslims - like to let their beards grow long and wild, often leaving their upper lip clean-shaven as a nod to how the Prophet Mohammed wore his own beard 1,400 years ago.

Some within the Salafist camp take things an extra step and dye their beards with henna, producing a range of colours from maroon to bright pumpkin orange.

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The goals of dawah are to remove people from darkness and bring them to the light, to guide them to the truth so that they can accept it and be saved from the fire and the anger of Allah. (Also from the goals) are to remove a disbeliever from darkness and disbelief to the light and guidance. Likewise, removing an ignorant person from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge, and additionally to remove a sinner from the darkness of his wickedness to the light of obedience, this is (indeed) the goal behind dawah.
—  Shaykh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz (rahimahullaah) [Majmu’ah Al-Fataawa (1/348)]
And what would you lose if you bit your tongue and held back out of patience? And what would you lose if you woke up a little earlier for tahajjud? And what would you lose if you forgave them for their mistakes? What would you lose? An argument, a little sleep, a little pride? But, subhanAllaah, you have all of the gardens of paradise to gain! Such a thing that is so priceless has been made so easy for you to achieve! So what would you really lose?
—  Within this Soul
The heart becomes sick, as the body becomes sick, and its remedy is at-tawbah and protection [from transgression]. It becomes rusty as a mirror becomes rusty, and its clarity is obtained by remembrance. It becomes naked as the body becomes naked, and its beautification is at-taqwa. It becomes hungry and thirsty as the body becomes hungry and thirst, and its food and drink are knowledge, love, dependence, repentance and servitude.
—  Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) [Diseases of the Heart and their Cures]
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