Islamic Sufism Spirituality

Ruling on letting the fingernails grow long

Posted on: January 3, 2009

Letting the fingernails grow is something that goes against the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) He said:

“From the acts of the fitrah (natural state of a human) are five: Circumcision, Removing the public hairs, Trimming the mustache (so that it does not go over the lip), cutting the (finger and toe) nails and plucking the hair from under the arm pits.”

It is not allowed to leave them (the nails) for more than 40 nights. This is based on the Hadith of Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) who said “The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings Be upon him) set a time limit for us for trimming the mustache, trimming the nails, removing armpit hairs, and removing public hairs. They cannot be left for more than 40 nights.”

Letting them (the nails) grow long resembles the animals and some of the disbelievers. As for nail polish, it is better to avoid it. One must remove it when making wudu since it prevents the water from reaching the nails


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