A leading preacher in Turkey thinks men without beards look like women and they should grow hair on their face to avoid any confusion.
Islamic speaker Murat Bayaral told religious TV programme Fatih Medreseleri: ‘Men should grow beards. The beard is one of two body parts that separate men from women.
‘For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays women and men dress similarly.
‘Allah forbid, you could be possessed by indecent thoughts.’
The statements have since hit headlines across the world and unsurprisingly attracted a massive backlash.
Magdalena Kirchner, who is a fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center, said that outbursts like Bayaral’s are not uncommon.
‘Turkish debates on piety and modesty reoccur frequently,’ she told Newsweek.
‘Erdogan declared in 2012 his intent to raise “devout generations” and former Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated in 2014 that women should not laugh out loud in public.’
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to be taking the country down an increasingly religious path, recommending religion become a part of public life.
Over the past year, classes on evolution have been removed from the school curriculum and the government permitted girls to wear headscarves in school, something that was prohibited in the past.
A beard is often considered a symbol of devout Muslim men but many Islamic scholars argue that it is not obligatory for Muslim men to wear beards.
They also say there is nothing in the Quran that suggests men must grow their facial hair. Rather, it is considered a recommendation taken from Hadith, or sayings that are attributed to the prophet and handed down through generations.
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