Islamic preacher in Turkey says beardless men may cause ‘indecent thoughts’
An Islamic preacher in Turkey is under fire for suggesting that men without beards “cannot be distinguished from women" and can cause “indecent thoughts.”
Preacher Murt Bayaral condemned clean-shaven men on private religion station Fatih Medreseleri (Madrasahs) TV on Dec. 16, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard,” Bayaral said, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
He said beardless men can sometimes be mistaken for women.
“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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