A Turkish Islamic cleric, Murat Bayaral, has received criticisms after suggesting men without beard sometimes cannot be distinguished from women and can ignite indecent thoughts in some men.
Bayaral made this statement while speaking on a private religious station, Fatih Medreseleri (Madrasahs) TV, on 16 December. The Islamic cleric blasted beardless men and said there is no need to receive permission from wives for a man to shave his beard.
“Men should grow beard. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard. For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays women and men dress similarly. God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts,” he said.