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Clipping one’s nails at night

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Nasihah (Advice): Natural characteristics of a human being


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Fitra (natural dispositions of a human being) are Five: circumcision, shaving the pubic region, plucking the hair under the armpits, clipping the nails and trimming the moustaches short.” (Bukhari)




Question and Answer:


  1. As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Mufti Saheb, MY question is regarding the nails cutting, Our elders use to forbid us from cutting nails after evening or in dark hours. Is there anything as such according to Quran and Sunnah or this is only an assumption by old people? Jazaak ALLAH khairan.


(Question published as received)


  1. In terms of Shariah, there is no prohibition or restriction of cutting ones nails during the night. It is permissible to cut ones nails during any hour of the day or night.


Note: In the past, it is possible that people were advised not to cut their nails during darkness or at night due to the lack of brightness or light, which could result in harming themselves in the process. However, this holds no legal bearing in Shariah.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ebrahim Desai 

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