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    I found this on the facebook page of Moulana Tariq Jameel. Does anyone know any evidence for this or any reference in any books of fiqh? Jazakumullahu khairan.

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    Default Re: Sunnah way of cutting nails

    The hands one makes some sense, starting from the finger of testimony.
    The foot one is just a straight right to left.
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    Assalamu`alaykum

    The imam once in a Friday khutbah mentioned the same as above for cutting nails as per sunnah.

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    Interesting, I never knew something like this was out there... here's Islam-QA's take:

    What side of the body should one start when clipping the nails?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Clipping the nails is one of the Sunan al-Fitrah, as is indicated by the saheeh ahaadeeth, and it is mustahabb to start on the right, because it is proven in Saheeh al-Bukhaari (163) that Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to like to start on the right when putting on shoes, combing his hair, purifying himself and in all his affairs.

    Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo (1/339): There is scholarly consensus that clipping the nails is Sunnah, and that applies equally to men and women, and to the hands and feet. It is mustahabb to start with the right hand, then the left, then the right foot then the left. End quote.

    And he (may Allaah 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 Allaah knows best. End quote.

    The Hanbalis mentioned a different sequence of fingers when clipping the nails, but no saheeh report has been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning this matter.

    Al-Iraaqi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Tarh al-Tathreeb (2/77): There is no proven hadeeth which may be followed with regard to how to clip the nails. End quote.

    Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (10/345):

    There is no proven hadeeth about the order of fingers when cutting the nails. Ibn Daqeeq al-Eid rejected the order mentioned by al-Ghazaali and those who followed him, and he said: There is no basis for any of that, and to suggest that it is mustahabb when there is no evidence for that is abhorrent in my view. If anyone were to suggest that it is mustahabb to start with the right forefinger because of its honourable status, there is no basis for the rest of this sequence. Yes there is a basis for starting with the right hand and the right foot, which is he liked to start on the right. End quote.

    And Allaah knows best.


    Source: Islam Question and Answer - What should he start with when clipping his nails?

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    Jazakallah sister Prolix, that was excellent mashallah.

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    This fabricated order of nail-cutting from a certain finger and ending at a certain finger is exactly that - fabricated.

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    So it seems Imam al-Nawawi was the first person to have suggested that order. His statement is not evidence.

    Some people say "It is at least an Adab/Mustahabb because many pious people used to do this". Yet, the order of cutting nails is a non-rational Tawqeefi matter which requires specific evidence, not the Qawl of some scholar. Furthermore, this contradicts the general practice of the Prophet who used to start from the right first in all his affairs - wearing shows, combing, etc. So how can the statement of a scholar override this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harris Hammam View Post
    This fabricated order of nail-cutting from a certain finger and ending at a certain finger is exactly that - fabricated.

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    So it seems Imam al-Nawawi was the first person to have suggested that order. His statement is not evidence.

    Some people say "It is at least an Adab/Mustahabb because many pious people used to do this". Yet, the order of cutting nails is a non-rational Tawqeefi matter which requires specific evidence, not the Qawl of some scholar. Furthermore, this contradicts the general practice of the Prophet who used to start from the right first in all his affairs - wearing shows, combing, etc. So how can the statement of a scholar override this?
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    Ibn Daqeeq al-Eid rejected the order mentioned by al-Ghazaali and those who followed him, and he said:

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