Taliban tell barbers in Helmand to ‘cease following American kinds’

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The Taliban has ordered barbers in Helmand province to ‘cease following American kinds’ and has warned of punishment for beard reducing.

‘No one has a proper to complain,’ mentioned the discover posted in the blood-soaked province, warning that shaving was not tolerated by Sharia legislation.

Similar directions have been issued to barbers in Kabul, sources informed the BBC.

Requests for quiffs, mohawks, and crew cuts had been commonplace underneath the American-backed authorities however for the reason that Taliban seized energy final month folks have been residing in worry.

The jihadists shot useless 4 ‘kidnappers’ on Saturday earlier than hanging their our bodies from cranes in the streets of Herat province.

A barber cuts shaves a beard at a store in Khost, in jap Afghanistan final Thursday. Barbers throughout the nation have stopped shaving beards as per orders from the Taliban

Taliban fighters are pictured in Kabul on Sunday. They have lengthy beards as they interpret Islamic texts to say that shaving is forbidden

A barber store in Khost promoting clean-shaven kinds, in addition to stylish, quick fashionable hair cuts

‘The fighters hold coming and ordering us to cease trimming beards,’ one barber in Kabul informed the BBC. ‘One of them informed me they’ll ship undercover inspectors to catch us.’

Another, who runs one of many capital’s largest retailers, mentioned he was referred to as by a authorities official who warned him to ‘cease following American kinds’ and never to trim or shave the beard. 

During the Taliban’s first stint in energy from 1996 to 2001, the hardliners banned flamboyant hairstyles and insisted males develop beards.

After they had been ousted, being clean-shaven was typically thought-about an indication of modernity, together with in the comparatively cosmopolitan western metropolis of Herat.

‘Now folks come right here and so they solely ask for easy cuts,’ mentioned 24-year-old barber Shah. ‘They additionally do not shave their beards, so it is an issue now.’

The barber, who has been in the business for 15 years after beginning as a younger apprentice, mentioned the downturn has precipitated his day by day earnings to plummet from £11 to £4.

In the subsequent neighbourhood, Mohammad Yousefi, 32, mentioned he has had to dramatically decrease his costs – from £4 a lower to simply 70p – to hold his store operating.

‘Because of the Taliban scenario, prospects have much less revenue and so they pay us much less,’ he mentioned.

Yousefi mentioned that after the Islamist hardliners took management of the nation, ‘all of the sudden folks like to make themselves appear to be the Taliban’.

‘It’s not just like the Taliban are modern, however folks do not shave their beards as a result of the Taliban will cease and ask them about it,’ he mentioned. ‘They say it isn’t in sharia legislation, and that males ought to have beards and lengthy hair.’

At 36-year-old Ali Reza’s barber store, pink spotlights shone down on prospects and cabinets had been full of hairspray cans, gels, mousses, cologne and face masks.

The barber deftly chopped his scissors over a buyer’s beard as ready purchasers mentioned Afghan politics.

A barber waits for purchasers at his store in Herat, western Afghanistan, on September 19

His two apprentices – Reza’s 11-year-old nephew Sobhan and Mohsan, 14 – watched his each transfer, tidying away brushes, combs and electrical clippers, and serving to unwrap razor blades.

Reza accomplished the expertise with a flourish, drumming his fingers over the shopper’s head, massaging his temples and eyebrows, earlier than scrunching the unsuspecting shopper’s ears for a number of seconds.

‘In the previous, younger folks would come each one or two weeks to lower their hair or beards, and so they had been completely satisfied,’ Reza informed AFP, including lots of his purchasers had fled.

‘Those younger people who find themselves nonetheless right here aren’t in reducing their hair or beards anymore as a result of the financial system is basically poor,’ he mentioned.

Since the Taliban takeover, Afghans say job alternatives have dried up.

‘Before my revenue was glorious, and now it isn’t,’ he mentioned.