But the smell is a dead giveaway: Egypt’s Islamists suggest shaving beards to avoid detection, arrests

Egypt’s Brotherhood- linked cleric Safwat el-Hegazy had his “beard shaved and hair dyed as a disguise,” when he was arrested this week, according to a local media report. This has prompted analysts to believe that Islamists are adopting a fatwa (religious edict) legalizing the shaving of one’s beard to avoid standing out as Mursi supporters during demonstrations.

It seems el-Hegazy adopted the fatwa set by Dr. Mouahmmad Abdulmaksoud, a hardliner cleric, who legalized shaving one’s beard “in order to bluff the army and the police and arrive safely at pro-Mursi demonstrations.”