Iraqi men unable to grow facial hair fear Islamic State’s “beard patrols”

Baghdad (AFP) – Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi’s hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail.

The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable.

“My facial hair is just slow to come out for my age,” said the 18-year-old, who like others in this story did not give his real name for fear of retribution.

“I’m scared because they deal ruthlessly with anyone who opposes or ignores their instructions,” he told AFP from Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

  • PeterR

    Like a lot of things with Islam, this story is funny on the surface, but underneath, profoundly sad and disturbing. And guess what? Smaller countries like Canada are probably only a few decades away from this.

    • OH I bet the OHRC would mandate it tomorrow if it could.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir


    Where you at social justice warriors of the West?!

  • tom_billesley

    It’ll pass the test.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Trying to figure out a Chia Pet or Ron Popiel joke.