‘Beardless men look like girls and provoke gay thoughts,’ says Muslim preacher
Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi (pro-Assad news site in Lebanon)
An Islamic preacher in Turkey launched a scathing attack on clean-shaven men, claiming that they “look like women” and provoke “indecent thoughts”.
Murat Bayaral’s intervention, made on a religious TV channel on 16 December, has highlighted the increasing Islamisation of Turkey under President Recep Erdogan.
“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.
The preacher, who enjoys a sumptuous bounty of well-groomed facial hair , made the comments as Turkey’s secular heritage looks increasingly under threat.