The Taliban has banned barbers from shaving in Afghanistan. The ban has been imposed in the country’s Helmand province. As a result of this ban, barbers will no longer be able to cut men’s hair and beards at will. Taliban leaders say it violates Sharia law. The Taliban’s religious police said anyone violating the rules would be punished. Several barbers working in Kabul also said they had received similar instructions.
After taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban promised a policy of liberal rule. However, many are seeing indications of strict rule in their new directive as in previous terms. Four people were shot dead and their bodies hung in the streets of Herat province last Saturday on charges of kidnapping.
Barbers have been warned to follow Sharia law when cutting hair or beards in saloons in Afghanistan’s southern Herat province. It further said that no one has the right to complain about this.
“The Taliban are coming and ordering us to stop shaving,” said a barber in Kabul. One of them told me they could come in disguise to catch us.
Designer haircuts were banned in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 during the first Taliban government. And men are encouraged to have beards. However, after the fall of the Taliban, men’s clean shaves became popular in Afghanistan and many Afghan men go to salons and cut their hair in different styles.
The barbers said their livelihoods would be threatened by the Taliban’s new rules. “For many years, young people in our salons shave as they please,” they said. Now it turns out there is no way to run this business.
Another businessman said fashion salons and barber shops were becoming banned businesses. This is my job for the last 15 years and I never thought I would be able to continue it.