Skip to content

April 1, 2011


Seriously Short Reminder No. 16: Remember to cut your nails…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Apparently, the “latest fashion” is to have long nails.

[I’m not sure how one can call it the latest fashion when the animals have been doing it for centuries.]

Today, many people revel in this disgusting habit of growing their nails so long that they resemble claws. However, it is not befitting for the one who believes in Allah and the Last Day to grow his/her nails:

عشر من الفطرة : قص الشارب ، وإعفاء اللحية ، والسواك ، واستنشاق الماء ، وقص الأظفار ، وغسل البراجم ، ونتف الإبط ، وحلق العانة ، وانتقاص الماء . قال زكرياء : قال مصعب : ونسيت العاشرة . إلا أن تكون المضمضة . زاد قتيبة : قال وكيع : انتقاص الماء يعني الاستنجاء 

Aishah (radiallahu anha) reported: The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Ten are the acts according to the fitrah (innate nature): clipping the moustache, letting the beard grow, using the tooth-stick, snuffing water in the nose, cutting the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the hair under the armpits, shaving the pubic hair and cleaning one’s private parts with water.” The narrator said: “I have forgotten the tenth, but it may have been rinsing the mouth.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 502]

Also, the nails should not be left for more than forty days:

وقت لنا في قص الشارب ، وتقليم الأظفار ، ونتف الإبط ، وحلق العانة ، أن لا نترك أكثر من أربعين ليلة

Anas reported: “A time limit has been prescribed for us for clipping the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking hair under the armpits, shaving the pubic hair, that it should not be neglected far more than forty nights.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 497]

Oh and don’t forget about the toe nails…

[Note: Some women seem to be under the impression that one cannot cut their nails whilst menstruating. However, there is no proof to suggest that they cannot do so. Please read this fatwa.]

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rehana
    Apr 2 2011

    Does some of this apply to women as well? Confused.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 2 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      All of them apply to women except the mustache and beard issues.

      What’s the confusion? Let me know and I’ll try to clarify further. (You can also email me, if you wish.)

  2. R
    Apr 3 2011

    Ok if we are to go into specifics, I meant the pubic hair and the hair in the pits. Gross I know.

    P.s. Wondered how is your ramadan preparation going? Mine keeps trailing off

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 9 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      No, not gross at all. Yes, women are required to remove them as well.

      My Ramadan prep? Sigh….It was better two weeks ago and then I got very, very busy. I’m trying to restart it again…..


Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments