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Sunnah of Clipping Nails

Hazrat Annas RadiAllaho Taala Anho relates that the Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam said, Do not let forty days elapse without trimming the moustache and pairing the nails 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 your wealth. 2- You will become poor. 3- Illness will plague you. 4- Almighty Allah and His Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam will be displeased with you. 5- The devil sits on long nails. The Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam would cut his nails every fifteen days. The Sunnah way of cutting the nails is as follows:

Hands 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. It is recommended to wash the hands after cutting the nails.

Toe nails The Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam showed the following order when clipping his blessed 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. Nowadays, it is common to see sisters with nail polish or fake nails on. It is NOT permissible by Shariah (Islamic law) to do this. Most of the nail varnishes are made from unlawful 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 RadiAllaho Taala Anha narrates, A women made a sign from behind a curtain to indicate that she had a letter for the Apostle of Allah Azzawajal. The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam closed his hand saying, I do not know this is a mans or a womans hand. She said, No, a woman. He Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam said, If you were a woman, you would make a difference to your nails. Meaning with henna. A lot of people, without realising bit their nails. This should not be done as it is disliked and a predisposition to infectious diseases. For example if one has big nails more then likely that under the nails there will be germs and bacteria. When the nails are bitten the germs are transferred into the mouth and down the gut and into the stomach. Many tend to bit their nails because they cant be bothered cutting them or because they have a habit of doing do. This habit can be broken if sisters made the intention to cut their nails because it is Sunnah to do so n insha Allah Azzawajal they will gain reward. Benefits of cutting nails Besides this there are many other benefits of cutting your nails: The Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam has said, a. He who cuts his nails on Friday will be a. Under Allah Azzawajals protection for the following week. b. He who cuts his nails on Saturday will be spared from illness c. he who cuts his nails on Sunday will have poverty taken away from him. (Part of a narration taken from Durre Mukhtar) It is better not to cut the nails on Wednesdays, as there are Hadeeth for and against. Imaam Thawi said: paring nails on Wednesday can cause leprosy. After cutting the nails bury them all. We are all made from the soil, thus we should be put back to the earth.