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Working as a Barber

A barber frequently has to shave peoples heads and beards; what is the ruling regarding this?

Shaving the beard is unlawful, and taking it as an occupation is unlawful, because the barber who does so is co-operating and helping others in doing unlawful acts, an act that Allaah Almighty has forbidden in His saying:

Help you one another in Al-Birr and AtTaqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression [Al-Ma'idah 5:2]

Shaving the head, though, is permitted according to the Shariah, so there is no sin upon the one who earns money by shaving other peoples heads.

May Allaah send peace and blessings upon Muhammad, upon his family, and upon his Companions.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts

Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.8, p.103, DARUSSALAM
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