Long moustaches, a salient feature of the non-believers

Question

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘Whoever does not take from his moustache [i.e. trim/shave it], then he is not from us.’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2761)

 

I have heard that the reasoning for this was because a long, luxurious moustache was a sign of arrogance. Is there any evidence supporting this assertion?

 

Answer

The ‘Ulama have mentioned that long moustaches were a salient feature of non-believers, especially the fire-worshippers.

(Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5889, and Al-Kawkabud Durri, Hadith: 2761; Also see: Wujubu I’ifail Lihyah, pg. 79 onwards)

 

I have not come across the explanation in question in the famous commentaries available to me.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar