In Afghanistan, the Taliban government has banned the shaving of beards and the playing of music.
Barbers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, are no longer allowed to shave men’s beards or play music in their establishments.
The Taliban-led Department of Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice in the province issued a statement on Sunday ordering barbers to follow the new policy.
“Beard shaving and music playing in barbershops and public baths is totally prohibited as of today.”
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“Any barbershop or public bathroom found to have shaved anyone’s beard or played music will be dealt with in accordance with Sharia principles and will not have the right to make a complaint,” according to the statement.
The new rule is the most recent in a long line of restrictions imposed on Afghans based on the Taliban’s stringent interpretation of Islamic law.