i am a pakistani muslim living in usa working as a medical doctor.i mostly work in rural areas where people are not exposed to islam.i was told by one of my friend that without beard according to sunnha u cannot progress and ask for anger of allha and his prophet peace be upon him.i feel its hard to keep beard according to sunnha in usa.plus my wife is very young and my beard is white i looklike her father with beard.please give me recommendation thanks.
Beard is an emphasized and well established Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam and it has been the consistant tradition of all the previous Prophets of Allah and God fearing men.
Therefore, a Muslim should keep beard and not shave it. The length of Sunnah beard is one fist long. You are allowed to trim what is more than one fist.
You should make an intention to keep beard right away but you may start with small beard and work your way to the Sunnah beard slowly Insha'allah.
As far as the color of your beard is concerned, you should use a hair dye to color your beard. You are allowed to use any color other than pure black. This way you will not have to worry about your appearance with your wife Insha'allah.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America