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Among the few practices of the adulatory days of the Arabs was cutting of the nails. This is part of the proofs that the Arabs of Jahiliyya upheld to some unique practices which even some elites of this century do not possess, though the hygienic benefits of this practice is something that is undeniable.

Cutting of the  fingernails or foot nails are part of the dictates of nature, which suit the true and sound human disposition, hence, this practice was endorsed in Islam. Islam, being the religion of all people whose humane natural elements are not tainted and polluted by the ethical and religious misguidance of parents and societies, endorses every practice that is part of man’s natural inclination or refine them in some cases with some restrictions.. In a tradition narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be please with him) that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

'Five are the acts of fitra (natural inclination): 1) circumcision, 2) removing the hair below the navel, 3) trimming the moustache, 4) cutting the nails, and 5) plucking the hair under the arms.'

In another tradition, he related that: “'The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) before going to Friday prayer would clip his nails and moustache.'

The scholars have mentioned some manners of cutting the nails and below are a gist of them:

1-to trim the nails once a week is Mustahab (preferable), it is permissible after fifteen days and to leave it for after forty days is disliked (Makrooh). It is preferable on Thursday or Friday as it is stated that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would do this before Jumu'ah Salaah. 

2-To wash the fingers after trimming the nails is desirable.

3- Do not bite your nails, as it is disliked and a predisposition to infectious diseases. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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