Ever see rappers such as the Ying Yang Twins, DMX, Swissbeatz, Beanie Sigel, Freeway or Beanie Man with nice sunnah style beards? I do. It’s common these days in the Hip Hop culture to “rock beards” (wear beards). It’s common, accepted and promoted by rappers and hip hop activists.
The beard has always been a sign of manhood, power, respect and authority for ages. Only within the past 100 years that the beard, or any type of facial hair, has been seen as something backward, third-world, or just absurd (like that rhyme, :-] ). It is hard to find the beard being promoted in the west as something good to wear. You see businessmen, job seekers, managers, bosses, everyone in the corporate world, etc. completely clean shaven with nice (what I like to say) “girly” faces.
The only western type of promotion of the beard I have seen is in the hip hop culture and Jews. Many Black people are Muslims. Actually the majority of the Muslims in America are Black. This is why the beard is a cool thing in the hip hop culture. Rappers like Freeway or Beanie Sigel wear there beard while they perform, take interviews, photo shoots, movie shoots, etc.
Why I’m I taking about this? Why do I care? Islam is universal. It influences everything it touches whether it’s a society, a group of people, a land, a city, a song, a book, etc. Islam has a big influence over the African American population whether they are Muslim or not. I see non-Muslim Black men wearing beards everyday. Even NBA superstars, like Ben Wallace or NFL superstar, Bettis aka “Bus” wear beards.
The beard is something beautiful and it should be appreciated whether its a simple “G Line” to a “hanafi fist full length” one. It’s facial hair and men should wear it.
Down with clean shaven girly faces!