Philadelphia men, mainly African-Americans, have adopted the style of wearing long, old-world-style beards, sometimes pairing them with calf-length trousers and long shirts -all looks inspired by traditional Muslim attire.
"Muslims will wear the beard as a way to pay respect to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe that all the Abrahamic prophets wear beards," Zulfiqar told me. "It's a sign of piety. It's a sign of religiosity, a sign that you're trying to walk the path that the prophet walked." He added, "I think a lot of people in Philly do it because it's become a part of the culture, urban culture in particular. It's now part of Philly."
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