Islamic preacher in Turkey says men without beards may cause ‘indecent thoughts’

An Islamic preacher in Turkey has drawn a backlash after suggesting that clean-shaven men sometimes “cannot be distinguished from women” and can cause “indecent thoughts.”

Speaking on the private religious station Fatih Medreseleri (Madrasahs) TV on Dec. 16, preacher Murat Bayaral blasted beardless men and said there is no need to receive permission from wives for a man to shave his beards.

“Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard,” Bayaral said.

“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 added.

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  • canminuteman

    Have you seen middle eastern women? He’s right. The only way you can tell them from the men is the beards. There is a reason they put bags over their heads.

    • Observer

      I’ve seen enough of their women who have moustaches!

  • moraywatson

    Trans-muslims. Learn their preferred pronouns (mo/moe/moh) or else Barbara Hall will go full fatwa on your sorry ass.

    • Observer

      What a mistake it was decades ago for us not to deport her back to the USA.

  • Jay Harper

    And the Goats breath a collective sigh of relief.

  • Ed

    Tree trunks with a knothole are in danger over there.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Neckbeards, Muslims, and D&D nerds all look the same

  • ontario john

    I have a moustache, so I only think indecent thoughts half the time.

    • David Murrell

      You neat me to the joke I was going to post: “I do not have a beard and yes I have indecent thoughts”.

  • Tooth&Claw

    You aren’t ‘possessed’ by indecent thoughts, you invite and entertain them.

  • gaylordponce

    I agree with this guy. I’m a man without a beard and have indecent thoughts all the time.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      I’m an old guy with no beard(I hate the site of them)but with a disfunctional prostate indecent thoughts are a waste of time. It’s called notailatall.

  • LKurc

    This guy is hilarious and he doesn’t even know it. Whoever said that comedy is dead should listen to Murat Bayaral.