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PostSubject: Cutting nails the Sunnah way   Tue May 05, 2009 8:32 pm

How to cut nails the sunnah way.



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PostSubject: Re: Cutting nails the Sunnah way   Tue May 05, 2009 8:34 pm

Is it really the sunnah way or the preferred way?

I think this was discussed on ummah before...

Anyway. JazakAllahu khair sis. =)

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PostSubject: Re: Cutting nails the Sunnah way   Mon May 18, 2009 9:15 pm

Found something on it..
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Please see the attached file and tell us whether this is sunna or not ? if yes then provide answer with arguments

[Find the attachment in the link right at the bottom of this post.]

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

At the outset, it is important to mention the exact definition of sunnah. According to usul-ul-fiqh (principles of jurisprudence), the definition of sunnah is the sayings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam), his actions, and actions of others which he approved (either verbally or by his silence).



That being said, various ulama hold different opinions on the status of the method described whilst cutting the nails. However, none give the prescribed method of cutting the nails the status of being sunnah, as there is no substantial evidence to indicate that.



Imam Ghazali (Rahmatullah Alayhi) has regarded the method described as mustahab, while most other ulama and fuqahaa are of the view that it is not mustahab to observe any particular sequence when clipping ones nails. However, Ibn Hajar Asqalaani (Rahmatullah Alayhi), an illustrious scholar of Hadith and author of "Fathul Bari", the commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari, presents another interpretation in light of Hadith to prove that cutting ones nails in sequence is at least recommended. He mentions the Hadith of A'isha (RadiyAllahu Anha) in which she says:



"Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) liked to begin with the right while combing his hair, while performing ablution (wudu), and when putting on his shoes. (Also in every other deed, he first began with the right then the left)." (Bukhari)



This (beginning from the right) is not confined to the three acts mentioned in this Hadith. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) began everything with the right. The basic rule is that all those things that reflect dignity and elegance, beginning or putting on with the right is preferred, and when removing them the left is begun with, as when putting on clothes, shoes etc. When one enters the masjid, one enters with the right foot and leaves with the left foot first, as this is the place of dignity and greatness. On the contrary, those things that do not have elegance in them, for instance when entering the toilet, is begun with the left foot.



Therefore, we can say that it is recommended to begin clipping the nails with the right hand. As for the index finger of the right hand, Ibn Hajar Asqalaani (Rahmatullah Alayhi) explains that to start clipping from the musabbihah (better known as the Tashahhud finger (index finger) of the right hand is because of its virtue over the other fingers. As far as observing the sequence of the remaining fingers is concerned, it is because they start from the right of the index finger and as mentioned by A'isha (RadiyAllahu Anha) in the Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) always preferred the right side.



In conclusion, the sequence of cutting the nails cannot be considered sunnah due to lack of evidence. However, in light of the abovementioned Hadith in Sahih-al-Bukhari, we can say that it is recommended to observe the sequence since Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) began acts of taharah from the right side.



وفي شرح الغزاوية روي " { أنه صلى الله عليه وسلم بدأ بمسبحته اليمنى إلى الخنصر ثم بخنصر اليسرى إلى الإبهام وختم بإبهام اليمنى } " وذكر له الغزالي في الإحياء وجها وجيها ولم يثبت في أصابع الرجل نقل ، والأولى تقليمها كتخليلها . قلت : وفي المواهب اللدنية قال الحافظ ابن حجر : إنه يستحب كيفما احتاج إليه ولم يثبت في كيفيته شيء ولا في تعيين يوم له عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وما يعزى من النظم في ذلك للإمام علي ثم لابن حجر قال شيخنا إنه باطل .

(Darrul Mukhtar, 6/406, HM Saeed)



( قوله والأولى تقليمها كتخليلها ) يعني يبدأ بخنصر رجله اليمين ويختم بخنصر اليسرى .

قال في الهداية عن الغرائب : وينبغي الابتداء باليد اليمنى والانتهاء بها فيبدأ بسبابتها ويختم بإبهامها ، وفي الرجل بخنصر اليمنى ويختم بخنصر اليسرى ا هـ ونقله القهستاني عن المسعودية ( قوله قلت إلخ ) وكذا قال السيوطي : قد أنكر الإمام ابن دقيق العيد جميع هذه الأبيات وقال لا تعتبر هيئة مخصوصة ، وهذا لا أصل له في الشريعة ، ولا يجوز اعتقاد استحبابه لأن الاستحباب حكم شرعي لا بد له من دليل وليس استسهال ذلك بصواب

(Raddul Muhtar, 6/406, HM Saeed)



وينبغي أن يكون ابتداء قص الأظافير من اليد اليمنى وكذا الانتهاء بها فيبدأ بسبابة اليد اليمنى ويختم بإبهامها وفي الرجل يبدأ بخنصر اليمنى ويختم بخنصر اليسرى .

(Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, 5/437, Darul Kutub Ilmiyyah)

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Asif Umar,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

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