A Code of Practice For Muslims in the West : Youth's issues » Questions and Answers
Fatawa of Ayatullah al Uzama Syed Ali al-Husaini Seestani
520. Question: At times the big companies in Europe discriminate —among those who come to them seeking jobs— between those who shave the beards and those who don’t shave them. If this is true, then is it permissible to be clean shaven in order to get the job?
Answer: Shaving the beard —whose prohibition is based on obligatory precaution— would not become permissible just by the desire to get a job with these companies.
521. Question: Is it permissible to shave the two sides of the face and leave the hair on the chin?
Answer: Shaving the beard is haram based on obligatory precaution, and this includes the hair that grows on the sides of the face. However, there is no problem in shaving the hair that grows on the cheeks.