A freind sent me this today. Why should the reply be?
"I would like to open my discussion with this hadeeth first of all... Just a simple one:
From ’Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said that the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.”
It is quite often that I always hear from my fellow Muslim brothers that one must grow his beard out and should never trim it.. But what if I don't look good with a long beard? Then, can I trim it to look nice and presentable? I know that as a Muslim male, that beards must be grown in order to follow Sunnah.. But at the same time, I think some Muslim brothers take it too far when they have curry dripping down their beards when they eat. Not alone to mention trying to get a job. A job is definitely not worth my deen, but can't I trim it to look at least acceptable? Because as Muslims, we definitely must be modest and must look our best, right? All I'm saying is that the beard thing can be sometimes used as a sense of pride.. which is something I do have mentioned in the hadeeth above..
Is it ok to keep the beard clean and not too long, because I am in a non-Islamic state?"