Is it makruh and a bid’ah for those who grow a beard to cut (shave) the hair under the lower lip?

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Is it makruh and a bid’ah for those who grow a beard to cut (shave) the hair under the lower lip?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

In Raddu’l-Mukhtar, the following is reported from “al-Gharaib” briefly: “it is a bid’ah to cut the hair under the lower lip.” (Ibn Abidin, Raddu’l-Mukhtar, 6/407).

Celal Yildirim says –without giving any reference- “It is regarded a bid’ah for those who grow a beard to cut the hair under the lower lip because it is definite that the Prophet (pbuh) did not shave that part. (See Celal Yildirim, islam Fikhi, 4/207)

According to what Tahawi states, to shave the hair over the upper lip (the mustache) is better than to shorten them according to Imam Azam, Abu Yusuf and Muhammad. However, according to the Hanafi scholars that came after them, it is sunnah to shorten the mustache not to shave it. (See al-Bahru’r-Raiq-Shamila-7/163)

According to Hanafi scholars, it is not appropriate to shave the beard on the throat under the chin; according to Abu Yusuf there is no drawback to it. (See Raddu’l-Mukhtar, 2/418)

There is no drawback to cutting the hair on one’s face as long as he does not intend to resemble women. (See Raddu’l-Mukhtar, ibid)

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