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BEARD ISSUE FINALLY RESOLVED FOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS

Muslim boys who attend Ordinary Public Schools (OPS) or Independent Schools (IS) were and are experiencing great difficulties of different and varying magnitudes whenever they grow a Sunnah Beard. Darul Ihsan Offices is constantly inundated with requests from desperate parents and even more anxious school-goers to approach Principals for leniency.

In some instances the affected boys, some even in their Matric Year, were:

  • barred from attending classes;
  • chastised and humiliated in front of the school assembly;
  • compelled to shave off their Sunnah Beards in the presence of fellow pupils;
  • forced to perform some demeaning menial task as punishment for “transgressing” the school’s “disciplinary code”; etc.

Darul Ihsan was/is greatly concerned about this flagrant transgression of the Bill of Rights as encompassed in the Constitution of our beloved Land. In order to ease the pressure and pain of the affected boys, Darul Ihsan made a direct approach to the Ministry of Basic Education for clarity and a binding decision.

Alhamdulillah, the enclosed response from the Department of Basic Education, dated 07/04/2017 clearly defines the right for Muslim adult boys to keep the beard.

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