Masood Syed, a 10-year Muslim veteran of the NYPD, is suing the department because they wouldn’t let him grow his beard out in accordance to his Islamic faith.
The NYPD has a “no beard” policy because it found that gas masks do not fit properly on a person’s face if they have one. The unofficial exception for religious purposes is hair growth of 1 millimeter, basically, stubble.
According to the New York Daily News, Syed had permission to wear his beard at the 1 millimeter length, and had no problems until late last year. That’s when Syed began wearing his beard up to 1 inch in length, in direct contravention of NYPD’s policy.
Syed was told that he had to shave his beard. When he refused, he was suspended for 30 days without pay. Syed’s gun and badge were also confiscated. Even funnier, he was escorted from police headquarters by two supervising officers.
Unfortunately, a judge ordered the NYPD to pay Syed during his suspension. The judge did uphold the suspension.
Syed, being the good, sharia law adhering cop that he is, would have none of it, though. He sued the NYPD, and according to ABC 7 New York, is seeking class-action status so that about 100 other Muslims can wear their beards in accordance to their Islamic faith. Basically Syed wants an Islamic police force.
In 2010, BBC News interviewed Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem, who teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Haleem stated that many Muslim scholars do not believe growing a beard is an “obligation,” but merely a “recommendation.” In other words, Muslim men don’t HAVE to grow a beard, it’s basically up to them whether they do or not. It will not affect their “faith.”
“Mr. Abdel Haleem argues that all practising Muslims – of which he is one – should be free to exercise their choice over a matter about which there is no overall consensus of opinion, without fear of retribution.”
Who enforces the Islamic “beard rule”? Well, the Taliban, for one. Other militant/terrorist groups do, also. Take ISIS, for example.
Last June, Metro UK reported that ISIS forces all men who are in areas that they control to grow their beards, or face the most brutal consequences.
The Metro article stated:
“Leaflets have been given out in Mosul, the Islamic State’s Iraqi stronghold, stating that from today all men must grow full beards or face severe punishment.
A translation of the leaflet by AFP reads: ‘What hairdressers do today, shaving and trimming men’s beards, is an accessory to sin.
‘Thanks to our brothers from the Islamic police, an order has been issued for the shaving of beards to be banned and violators to be detained.’
Mosul Eye also reminded the citizens of Mosul about a group of young men who refused to shave in May, and who were promptly given a three month jail sentence.
It warned that if these men were to break the caliphate’s new law again they would be beheaded.”
So, apparently what we have in the case of officer Syed, is that he follows the strict interpretation of Islam on beard growth, like the Taliban & ISIS do. Syed wants the NYPD to accede to his demand that all Muslims on the force be allowed to, also. He’s suing the department to force them to accept sharia law on the matter.
I think the question we have to ask is, is Syed an ISIS supporter? With his adherence to their “beard rule,” it sure seems like he may be. Might be a good idea to place him under observation. Or deport him… whichever.
Kudos to the NYPD for making the right call, not allowing sharia to creep into their department.