Monday, February 6, 2023

Taliban Bans Barbers From Shaving Beards In Afghanistan

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Some hairdressers have been instructed to “stop following American styles” and not to shave or trim anyone’s beard.⁣ This is following the take over by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and a lot of changes have been put in place by the terrorist group.

The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards because doing so constitutes a breach of Islamic law, according to reports.⁣
⁣Anyone violating the rule will be punished, the Taliban religious police have declared.⁣
Some barbers in the capital Kabul have said they also received similar orders.⁣
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⁣The Taliban has promised a milder form of government on its return, but recent events suggest otherwise.⁣ Since taking power last month, the Taliban has dished 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.⁣
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⁣”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 must grow beards.⁣ But since 2001, clean-shaven looks have become popular and many Afghan men have gone to salons for fashionable cuts.⁣
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