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Law of Cutting Nails When Fasting – Is It Allowed?

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Keeping a personal hygiene is the guidance that is taught in Islamic religion. Since Islam is very fond of cleanliness. There is even a saying that cleanliness is part of faith. Before performing any worship we are required to purify ourselves by means of ablution.


Islam not only teaches ablution to purify themselves. Starting from ablution itself there are teachings and guidance. So that we can follow the correct way of ablution (wudu) according to the teachings of Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa salam. See also : law of cutting nails when during menstrual period in Islam

Besides performing ablution, another way to pure ourselves taught by Islam is ghusl (full body ritual purification mandatory before performing various rituals and prayers) or commonly called with major bath or junub bath. In the teachings of Islam itself there is a chapter itself that discusses about purification, that is Thaharah.

In this Thaharah we are taught how to purify ourselves from small or big hadats, to purify themselves when exposed to unclean.

The Hadith Theorem Cuts Nails When Fasting

In a hadith, Rasulullah Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam said:

“I’m for you like a father. I teach you if you want to go to the toilet do not face the Qiblah and do not back it up, and do not wash with your right hand.” He also ordered to wash with three stones. He forbids purification with animal feces and bones.” (Hadith Nasai : 40)

To purify ourselves there are 2 kind of tools, Which are water and dust. There are some body parts that need to be nurtured or shaved more precisely, such as nails, pubic hair, and beard. The law of shaving of beard must be known and practiced by the Ikhwan (Man).

Because only the brothers who have beards on the body. Then also need to know the law of keeping the beard is one of the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallaahu alaihi Wassalam so that can be implemented by ikhwan.

While other body parts such as parts of the nails and pubic hair can be practiced for the ikhwan and akhwat (woman). Shaving pubic hairs in Islam is also a sunnah taught by Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa salam. So, the benefits are not only in terms of health alone. See also : the virtue of Muharram

In a hadith, Rasulullah Shallallahu Alaihi Wassalam said:

“There are five matters include (sunnah) of fitrah that is, sahved the pubic hair, khitan (circumcision), shaved a mustache, pulled the armpit hair and cut the nails.”

Plucking hair like pubic hair and armpit hair is also a thing done by Rasulullah Shallallahu Alaihi Wassalam. Based on the hadith, circumcision also includes as sunnah fitrah. So the akhwat also need to know how the law of circumcision for women.

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Nail cut is also the thing done by Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa salam. Nothing states that the law of cutting nails when fasting is prohibited or not allowed.

Since Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa salam himself is very keeping his cleanliness so to cut the nails or shave the pubic hair was not more than 40 days. Just imagine, if for approximately 40 days our fingernails are not cut then the nails will certainly be long.

And sometimes, the length already exceeds inside the finger itself so that at the bottom of the nail can save dirt. Dirt on the finger can also impact our health.

Since, our hands are always used to perform activities. So when we use hands that unconsciously have a lot of dirt on the bottom of the nail that used to eat, then this dirt can also be carried. See also : law of man use marriage ring in Islam

Way to cut finger and toenails based on Sunnah

Truly the perfect of Islamic religious teachings up to this nail cutting thing there is a  guidance. Probably not a lot of people know that cutting nails had a rules and guidance, so cut this nail done with at will even done in the beauty salon or ask for help others to clean this nail. Following guidance of cutting nails and toenails that can be done alone without asking for help of others.

  • Finger Nails

Nail of hand (fingernails) usually became a decoration for akhwat. Sometimes at menstrual period, there are some akhwat who decorate their nails by painted it with colorful nail dye so it becomes pretty to look at. And, sometimes this nails also left long to give the impression of more beautiful and pretty when given nail dye paint.

In fact, under the long nails it could contain a dirt that sometimes not realized moving place so quickly since the frequent use of hands.

To cut the fingernails, it start from the right hand first. Then the fingernails begin to cut is starting from the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, little finger, and then ended with a thumbnail.

After the right hand is finished, it can switch to the left hand with the same fingernail cutting order.

  • Toe nails

Toe nails may not be too often seen or shown. Because sometimes, the foot is covered with a pedestal so that these toenails become less noticeable and often also missed to be cleaned.

Though toenails have a thicker texture compared with the nails of the hand so to cut it usually using nail clippers with a larger size or sharper nail clippers.

To cut the toenails there is also guidance. To cut the toenail is different from cutting the fingernails. However, it remains the same – start from the right side first.

Then the toenails can begin to cut starting on the little finger, If both the right and left legs are aligned, then the sequence cutting it will look easier. Because, to cut the toe nail starts from the right little finger to the little finger to the left. See also : law of killing baby lizzard in Islam

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The Benefits Of Nail Cutting Regularly

Keeping your nails clean is sometimes considered as trivial thing since this nail is a small part. In fact, the nails on the fingers and toes is also a part of the body that is sunnah (recommended) to be cleaned.

Keeping the nails clean can also be done by cutting the nails in regularly. There are also benefits of cutting nails regularly are as follows:

  1. Avoid ingrown toenails.
  2. Can reduce bacterial infections that can arise due to the use of socks or closed footwear.
  3. Can destroy bacteria that can cause water fleas and nails became yellow (dirty)
  4. Can minimize injuries caused by long nails (such as clawed or hit hard objects that cause the nails to become broken).

Those are the explanation of The Law of Cutting Nails When Fasting. See also : law of answering salam in social media

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