The beard represents the honor of Islam and it is considered unlawful to shave it off. One who does is said to have "renounced" Islam. Even though the requirement of the beard is neglected in this day and age, there are still famous Muslim leaders who don't have beards.

"The Arabic word for beard is lihyah. It derives from lahy (jaw) and lahyan (the two jaws)" Beard in Islam

external image 2065792765_9e99f546f9.jpg Allah said: “Grow your beards and trim or clip the mustaches.” Some scholars in Islam perceives the beard to be mandatory. How about those men who get rashes if they don't shave? How about those who can't grow a beard?
In ancient times the Islamic people would decide whether you were ready to take the throne depending on whether you had a beard. It was also considered a step closer towards manhood.


"it is proven that man’s figure is very well and pleasing. And Allah the Mighty and Majestic has created humans in pairs, for external distinction in both (i.e.male and female). He made the man having a beard, with which beauty and dignity augments. Such that, it is a crown of a man’s face." This is what it says in the Qur'an about the beard in Islam.


Growing a long beard in Islam is part of the practice of being a Muslim. The Qu'ran and Hadeeth lets you know the importance and the purpose of the long beard. The moustache would be trimmed but the beards were grown. If anybody did not trim their mustaches, they were not considered as a Muslim.


Also here is a video that explains the terms of having a beard in Islam
having a beard

beards.jpgTEHRAN, Sep 5 (IPS) - Nothing could be more misleading than the stereotyped image of life in Iran, as projected by the western media, as one of bearded men throwing stones at embassies and women peering out of slits in heavy, black veils.

The Beard in Islam is very important to them because it means something to them. They faught so many times to keep their beards while
they are at work.