Praise be to Allaah.
First of all we should remember that it is forbidden to
travel to the lands of the mushrikeen or lands where there is a great deal
of corruption and promiscuity. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I disavow myself of every Muslim who
settles among the mushrikeen.” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah, why?” He
said: “They should not be able to see one another’s fires.” Narrated by
al-Tirmidhi, 1604; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Please see also question no
If a person needs to travel to such countries and cannot
avoid doing so, or if that will serve the public interest of the Muslims,
then it is permissible to travel, but he has to learn enough of the rulings
of Islam that he needs in this country, and he should avoid places of fitnah
(temptation, tribulation) that may affect his religious commitment, as much
as he can, whether that has to do with physical temptations that are
available in the kaafir land or it has to do with doubts and specious
arguments that the enemies of Islam throw at him, overtly or otherwise, to
shake the faith that is in people’s hearts. See question no.
6154. If this
trip requires him to shave off his beard, such as if he needs to go to a
place where wearing a beard is forbidden, or he will exposed to mistreatment
because of his beard, and he cannot bear it, then Shaykh Ibn Jibreen tells
If he has no alternative but to go to that country, or if his
going there will strengthen the Muslims, then there is nothing wrong with
him shaving off his beard. But if he is going there only for some worldly
gain or the mistreatment to which he will be exposed is something that he
can bear, then it is not permissible for him to shave it off.
It should also be noted that if trimming his beard a little
will be sufficient to ward off harm from himself, then doing that will be
less serious than shaving it off. And Allaah knows best.