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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Taliban issues no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have banned shaving or cutting beards at barbershops in the southern Afghanistan province, claiming their order conforms to Sharia, or Islamic, law.

In Helmand province, the order was issued on Monday by the Vice and Virtue Department of the provincial Taliban government to barbers in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

“Ever since I heard (about the ban on beard cutting), my heart is broken,” said Bilal Ahmed, a resident of Lashkar Gah. “It’s the city and everyone follows the way of living, so they should be left alone to do whatever they want.”

During their previous rule of Afghanistan, the Taliban followed a rigid interpretation of Islam. Since capturing Kabul on August 15 and taking control of the country again, the world has been watching whether they will re-establish their strict regime of the late 1990s.

There were some indications on Saturday, when Taliban fighters killed four alleged kidnappers and later hung their bodies in public squares in the western city of Herat.

“If anyone violates the rule (they) will be punished and no one has the right to complain,” the order issued to the barbers said. It was not immediately clear what penalties barbers could face if they did not follow the shaving or trimming rule.

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During the previous Taliban regime, conservative Islamists demanded that men grow beards. Since being ousted from power in 2001 following a US-led invasion, many men have opted for no or clean beards.

Barbershop owner Jalaluddin, known by only one name to many Afghans, said he hoped the Taliban would reconsider their demands.

“I request my Taliban brethren to give freedom to people to live as they wish if they want to cut their beard or hair,” he said. “Now we have some customers coming, they are scared, they don’t want to cut their hair or beard, so I request them to free people, so we have business and people can come to us freely Huh.”

Another barber shop owner Sher Afzal also said the farman hurt the bottom line. “If someone comes for a haircut, they will come back to us after 40 to 45 days, so it is affecting our business like any other business,” he said.

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