In an interview, posted on Youtube, Ghamidi (who shaves his beard) is asked about the subject of "Beard in Islam". Given the opportunity to explain Ghamidi neither quotes the Quran nor any hadith in this matter. Conversely, he resorts to a philosophical explanation:
"in my opinion Muslims will keep a beard, and the reason Muslims will keep a beard is because their messenger kept a beard and they (the Muslims) love their messenger. As you know when people have a strong affinity towards great personalities, and are impressed by that personality they follow and emulate that person. Muslims also have such great love for their messenger. We know that the messenger of Allah used to keep a beard. The other prophets also had a beard, and people try to express their love by adopting and emulating; thus beard falls under this category."
It is very interesting that Ghamidi does not refer to himself as a Muslim; rather he talks about Muslims as what is known in English Grammer "third person plural" tense. He says:
- ....their messenger
- ....they (the Muslims) love their messenger
- ...Muslims.....love for their messenger
Is he not a Muslim? Why didn't he say our messenger? Our love for the messenger dictates...? I, and We as Muslims love our messenger? He does not use the first person singular, thus clearly dissociating himself with the Muslims. He forwards his corrupt views and clearly insults the messenger of Allah by rejecting the Hadith of Beard in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. He also mocks at the hadith and plays it off as cultural norm. In fact, during his interview he refers to Muslims as "their messenger" - a number of times.
Ghamidi refers to "Muslims" and "their belief system", which clearly indicates that his belief system is not that of Sayyiduna Mustapha Muhammed Sallahu alayhi wa sallam. Otherwise, he would have kept a beard, because, in his own words the requirement of love is to emulate and follow a great personality. It is obvious that he does not consider the messenger of Allah as a great personality, nor does he feel the need to follow him. So, who is that great personality that he really follows in his heart? His words reveal a shocking conclusion, "....that which had nothing to do with 'Deen' (way of life) has been made a part of 'Deen' (Islam)...." Javed Ahmed Ghamidi abrogates the command of the messenger of Allah regarding beard, thus, advancing himself as the new "great" personality that should be 'followed'!