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Taliban ban barbers from beard trimming

17:13, 27 September 2021
Taliban ban barbers from beard trimming Photo: Stringer/XinHua/Global Look Press

The Taliban* banned barbers in the Afghan Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, as it violates the movement’s interpretation of islamic law.


The Taliban’s ministry for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice says that anyone who violates the law will be punished.

According to the latest information from the movement, not only Helmand’s barbers are receiving such rules as some barbers in the capital Kabul said they had received similar orders.

The Taliban’s policy illustrates that the movement is keen on carrying out the same policy which was active during the Taliban’s previous rule in the 90s.

Recently, the group's fighters shot dead four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies in the city’s squares.

"The fighters come and tell us to stop trimming beards. Someone told me they could send secret inspectors to arrest us," a barber from Kabul told BBC.

Another barber, who runs one of the city's largest hair salons, said he received a call from someone who claimed to be a Taliban official who ordered him to "stop following American methods" and not shave or trim anyone's beard.

A similar situation was in Afghanistan during the Taliban's previous period in power from 1996 to 2001 when the movement banned trendy hairstyles and insisted that men grow out their beards.

The new rules, reportedly will make it difficult for many barbers to make a living especially considering the economic situation in the war-torn country.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.