Ruling on letting one’s nails grow long


(Part No. 4; Page No. 60)
The first question of Fatwa no. 19771

Q 1: What is the ruling on letting the nails grow long?

A: It is not permissible to let one’s nails grow long because it is against Sunan-ul-Fitrah (natural hygiene) which the Prophet (peace upon him) has exhorted us to adhere to. Clipping the nails is one of Sunan-ul-Fitrah, which also include plucking the armpit hair, shaving the pubic hair, and cutting the moustache short; and this should be done at most every forty days, according to the Hadith related by Muslim in his Sahih (Authentic Hadith Book) on the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: We have been given a time limit that we should cut the moustache short, clip the nails, and shave the pubic hair at most every forty nights. Therefore, those women, who practice this bad habit, should repent to Allah (Exalted be He) and abstain from this bad habit which is against the command of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). Allah (Glorified be He) also says: And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah – legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant) should befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn B

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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