Is it Sunnah to cut the nails?

What is the way and the time or day that is best for cutting nails?

Jazak Allah Khair

  • Why do you keep linking all of your questions to your "jazak allah khair" question?
    – ashes999
    Sep 4, 2012 at 16:45
  • I would like to promote the usage of Jazak Allah Khair as much as I can :)
    – pckabeer
    Sep 4, 2012 at 17:35
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    @pckabeer If it is, then you should promote the correct pronunciation. "Jazakallahu Khairan" May 6, 2016 at 13:56

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The majority of scholars agree on this hadith:

And he (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Saheeh Muslim (3/149): It is mustahabb to start with the hands before the feet, and to start with the forefinger of the right hand, then the middle finger, then the ring finger, then the pinkie finger, then the thumbs, then to move to the left hand and start with the pinkie finger then the ring finger, until all the fingers are done, then to move to the right foot and start with the smallest toe on the right foot and end with the smallest toe on the left foot. And Allah knows best.

You can read the full fatwa here.

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    It perhaps is necessary to observe that the same source, also highlights that critics (such as Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Baari, 10/345) state that there is little evidence for most of that, and that much of it should be rejected. Sep 4, 2012 at 10:28
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    It's a sahih hadith, i.e. gone through a lot of scrutiny. So when others come along and say it should be rejected, such claims have little or no true value. Sep 4, 2012 at 10:35
  • even if their criticism is fair and reasonable? Sep 4, 2012 at 10:36
  • 1 or 2 minds compared to the scrutiny of the majority of highly islamically educated scholars? I know who I would be voting for. Sep 4, 2012 at 10:39
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    True, there is sometimes difference of opinion about whether a hadith is authentic or not. Regardless, if it's saheeh (and especially in Saheeh Muslim), there's no valid criticism against it -- it's already been scrutinized to death.
    – ashes999
    Sep 4, 2012 at 16:46

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