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Afghanistan: Taliban ban Helmand barbers from trimming beards





The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law.
Anyone violating the rule will be punished, Taliban religious police say.
Some barbers in the capital Kabul have said they also received similar orders.

The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group's past tenure in power, despite promises of a milder form of government.
Since taking power last month, the Taliban have carried out harsh punishments on opponents. On Saturday, the group's fighters shot dead four alleged kidnappers and their bodies were hung in the streets of the western city of Herat.

In a notice posted on salons in southern Helmand province, Taliban officers warned that hairdressers must follow Sharia law for haircuts and beards.



"No one has a right to complain," the notice, which was seen by the BBC, read.

"The fighters keep coming and ordering us to stop trimming beards," one barber in Kabul said. "One of them told me they can send undercover inspectors to catch us."

Another hairdresser, who runs one of the city's biggest salons, said he received a call from someone claiming to be a government official. They instructed him to "stop following American styles" and not to shave or trim anyone's beard.

During the Taliban's first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, the hardline Islamists banned flamboyant hairstyles and insisted that men grow beards.

But since then, clean-shaven looks have become popular and many Afghan men have gone to salons for fashionable cuts.


But the barbers, who have not been named to protect their safety, say the new rules are making it hard for them to make a living.

"For many years my salon was somewhere for young people to shave as their wish and look trendy," one told the BBC. "There is no point continuing this business."

"Fashion salons and barbers are becoming forbidden businesses," another said. "This was my job for 15 years and I don't think I can continue."


Another barber in Herat said that although he had not received an official order, he had stopped offering beard trims.
"Customers don't shave their beards [because] they don't want to be targeted by the Taliban fighters in the streets. They want to blend in and look like them."

Despite slashing his prices for a cut, his business has dried up. "Nobody cares about their style or hair fashion," he said.

small issues...ideally they shouldn't, it is not a part of Islamic law. but frankly, given the choice of living under a corrupt, secular ghani regime, if I was an afghan, I'd put up with these laws in a heart beat so as long as I'm getting justice and peace, as long as my sisters, daughters and sons are able to come home safe and sound from work and school without being kidnapped for ransom or trafficking, I'll gladly grow a beard down to my chest...
 
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And we know what happened to Nader Shah. Henchman, lol, of course. Everyone is the henchman of the great Persian empire.
Well what happened to Nader Shah wasn't something rare. It happened to all others. Nader at the end was just another barbaric atheist king like the others who used Islam for their gains.
small issues...ideally they shouldn't, it is not a part of Islamic law. but frankly, given the choice of living under a corrupt, secular ghani regime, if I was an afghan, I'd put up with these laws in a heart beat so as long as I'm getting justice and peace.
Bruh tbh we can hate it all we can but majority of Afgans still want to live under Ghani. Even if we don't wanna agree to that or its not under our objectives, but that's the truth.
 

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Well what happened to Nader Shah wasn't something rare. It happened to all others. Nader at the end was just another barbaric atheist king like the others who used Islam for their gains.
Well, only God knows if he was atheist or a muslim, sunni or a shia. What I want to say is that the Hotaks did what the turks couldn't, what the central asian khanates couldn't, what many couldn't.
 

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Well, only God knows if he was atheist or a muslim, sunni or a shia. What I want to say is that the Hotaks did what the turks couldn't, what the central asian khanates couldn't, what many couldn't.
Hotakis were badly defeated as well. It isn't about who its about when. Everyone had a day. What Turks did to Persians was done by Nader to Turks. Hotakis took over Mashhad and Persians took over the whole Afghanistan in return. In those days, nobody was fighting for a right cause. It was all about gains.

Regarding Nader, he was an atheist and cared less about religion just like many other kings who began with Islam and didn't care later. Even Timur had invented his own beliefs. At that height of power, people lose their mind.
 

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U rats with all the support couldnt build a quarter of that society n u expect taliban to do it.
Why is co ed futiristic? Its all u tharki commies want. Taliban didn't come with ur help or anyone else's help, u n everyone was against them n they came by power n will of Allah. They have nothing to prove to anyone and doeant require acceptance of your satanic system.
Its ironic how its ok to ban hijab and face veil in west but the likes of u catch fire when taliban does something. Guess what, u cannot do anything abt it and jump n cry as much as u want.


No u didnt, u gave bases n intelligence support to the US. There were individuals having sympathy with their cause that helped them. And plz go on and give it a try, u been shit scared of india taking back Kashmir where kashmiri women r raped daily and u think u can invade Afghanistan lolz. U cant control balochistan n dream of invading Afghanistan. Dumb nationalists like u are the reason of hatred on both sides.
These dollar loving brownsahib think their munafiqat is not visible to outsiders. These ppl are daily on crusade against islamic parties and their leaders in pakistan but against india and america their only trumpcard to play is the islamic mullah card . They use that to scare all the anti islamic forces in working with them against islam/ molvis(so they can rule and plunder) .these ppl are nor patriot nor nationalist ,thats why you have so many traitor preduced within these group of ppl, who are mostly anti mullah bla bla. No religious person works against any moslim nation knowlingly but these lots do for couple of dollars.
 

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Fake news. You can say certain haircuts/beard trim are makrooh or munkar but not haram or considered bannable offense. You can encourage youth one way or another but that's the limit here. I'm sure Taliban scholars aware of that.
 

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