Sunnah Way of Cutting the Nails

Letting the nails grow long is makrooh , if not haraam* , because the* Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) *set a time limit for cutting the nails , and said that they should not be left for more than forty days . (Narrated by Musl
im in al-Tahaarah, 258).

It is strange that those who claim to be civilized leave their nails to grow even though they trap dirt and make a person look like an
 *animal* . The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said : “ Use whatever causes blood to flow , and eat the animals if the name of Allaah is mentioned on slaughtering them . Do not slaughter with teeth or fingernails and I will tell you why : it is because teeth are bones (i.e., cannot cut properly) and fingernails are the tools used by the Ethiopians (whom we should not imitate for they are infidels).” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-Sharikah, 3507; Muslim in al-Adaahi, 1968). This refers to the fact that they used to use their fingernails as knives to slaughter animals and cut the meat , etc. This is the way of those who resemble animals .

[Kitaab al-Da’wah, 5. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/79]


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