Great insight, brother!
Beard and Hijab are not ordained in the Qur’an. Abu Jahl, Abi Lahab, Waleed bin Muhgeerah, ‘Aas bin Waael, ‘Agabah bin Mu’eet, ‘Atbah bin Waleed - the Prophet's (S) dire enemies, and almost all other Arabs sported a beard, and hence, it is not a SUNNAH of the Prophet. Or, it is as much a Sunnah of Abu Jahl!
Hindah bint 'Atbah and most Arab women of her time used Hijab, a reflection of the Arab culture. Beard and Hijab are ordained in the Bible, not in the Qur’an.
GROWING BEARDS: [A great satire by Sheikh Sultan M. As-Salameh, Al-Azhar, Cairo]
The Christian West has also been disturbed by the Islamic practice of men wearing beards. After the 9/11, many Muslim men with beards have been the subject of suspicion and summary searches by police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the West. Keeping beard is again not the teachings of the Prophet or the Qur’an. Instead, the wearing of beards by men is taken from the Christian Bible. The Christian Bible makes it clear.
Leviticus 19:27 Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. 21:5 Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
2 Samuel 10:5 When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, "Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back."
Hence, the Taliban were following the Bible when they insisted that men should wear beards. No doubt the Prophet and the Qur’an never commanded men to sport beards. It is Islam's greatness as an evolving religion that it has absorbed much from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.
The Muslims are told in the Qur’an that they should not follow the path of the Christians and the Jews. Despite such warning, the Muslim “scholars”, in the interests of preserving harmony and peace with their Christian brothers and sisters, decided that the Biblical teachings should be closely upheld by good Muslims. Therefore, the fear by the Christian West is misplaced and unfounded.
In conclusion, I would like to state that both Muslims and the Christian West should study and take cognizance of the vast area of similarity between the Muslim beliefs and Christian Biblical teachings.
In this age of high tensions, paranoia and fear of everything that is deemed Islamic, the Christian West should appreciate the fact that for one thousand years, the Muslim scholars have already shown a great tolerance towards Christianity by learning and absorbing many parts of the Christian Bible into their Islamic faith.
NOTE: Nothing of it can be found in the Qur’an.
In the light of the evident flexibility in Islam today, I hope that the Muslims all over the world will make the effort to show their Christian brothers and sisters that a great amount of our Islamic Shari’ah is drawn from the Christian Bible. At the same time I urge the Christians and Jews to give Muslims the due credit for being loyal to the Christian Bible and Jewish Scriptures. We have more in common between us than what divides us.
DR. SHABBIR’S LITMUS TEST: Anyone who PREACHES the non-Qur’anic Hijab, Veil, Burka or Beard belongs to the Ajami, Counterfeit, Manmade, ‘Imamist’, Mullah-peddled, Number Two Islam (N2I), period. Interestingly, trousers and long and short jackets were gifted to Europe by a Muslim architect and designer of Spain, Zaryab ibn Zaryab. (Ref: Aik Islam by Dr. G.J. Barq).