[Compiled from various sources]
Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) relates that the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said,
“Do not let forty days elapse without trimming the moustache and pairing the nails.” [Muslim]
Meaning that we should cut our nails within forty days. It has been stated that the consequence of keeping long nails are:
1. There will be no blessings in
2. You will become poor.
3. Illness will plague you.
4. Almighty Allah and His Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will be displeased with you.
5. The devil sits on long nails.
The Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would cut his nails every fifteen days.
The preferred way of cutting the nails is as follows: Start with the right hand. Index finger, fore finger, ring finger and little finger. Then move onto the left hand. This time start with the little finger first, then ring finger, fore finger, index finger, the thumb and lastly the thumb of the right hand. (repeat) (ask if the process is understood, if not repeat a 3rd time) It is recommended to wash the hands after cutting the nails. The following order when clipping is preferred for toe nails: Again start with the right foot. Small toe first and proceed until the big toe. Then move onto the left foot. This time you start with the big toe and conclude with the small toe. (repeat) (ask if the process is understood if not repeat a 3rd time).
Nowadays it is common to see sisters with nail polish or fake nails on. It is NOT permissible by Shari’ah (Islamic law) to do this. Most of the nail varnishes are made from unlawful (haraam) ingredients. If you apply nail polish a coating is formed on top of your nails. This prevents water from penetrating fully into your nails whilst performing ablution or ghusl. Ablution and ghusl are incomplete and any acts of worship carried out are not accepted. If your ablution and ghusl are not accepted you are counted as impure and the angels do not enter that house where there is a impure person. However, the same acceptable effect can be created on your nails by applying henna. This is a recommended act. As stated in a Hadeeth taken from Abu Dawood: Hadhrat Aisha Radhiyallahu Anha narrates, “A women made a sign from behind a curtain to indicate that she had a letter for the…
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