Question: Is it a major or a minor sin to shave off or cut the beard very short?

Answer
(By Imam Ahmad Rida)

To shave off completely or trim the beard very short once is a minor sin and to habitually do so is a major sin.

This continuous act will make you a faasiq e mu’llin (an open transgressor) and the Court of Shari’ah will reject you as a valid witness.
To perform Salaah with Jama’at behind such a person is forbidden and if Salaah is performed, it will be incumbent to repeat the Salaah. If one does not do so, then one will be a great sinner.

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