A Turkish Islamic preacher warned that men without beards “cannot be distinguished from women” and therefore might provoke men to be attracted to them, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Murat Bayaral made the remarks to the private religious TV station Fatih Medreseleri on Saturday, December 19, 2017.
“Men should grow beards. [Beards are] one of the two body parts that separate men from women,” he said.
“For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar, you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays, women and men dress similarly. God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts.”
Islam has a very negative view of homosexuality, which may explain why the cleric was so desperate to avoid having impure thoughts.