Fatwa: # 45945
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: African Country
Date: 15th August 2020


Can I shave or cut my nails? Is it Wajib to cut them after Qurbani?


Can I shave or cut my nails? Is it Wajib to cut them after Qurbani or Sunnah or Mustahab? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.  

As-salāmu alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.  


Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: 


إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ وَعِنْدَهُ أُضْحِيَّةٌ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يُضَحِّيَ، فَلَا يَأْخُذَنَّ شَعْرًا، وَلَا يَقْلِمَنَّ ظُفُرًا 

Translation: If anyone of you intends to offer sacrifice, he should not get his hair cut or nails trimmed. (Muslim, 5160) 


Accordingly, the Fuqahaa (Jurists) have mentioned that it is Mustahab for one doing Qurbani to abstain from cutting one’s nails and hair during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. 

However, if one has not cut one’s hair for forty days or more, one should cut one’s hair irrespective of the above.  


Furthermore, if one’s nails are so long that it may injure one, one may cut one’s nails.[i][i] 


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best 


Student Darul Iftaa  


Checked and Approved by, 
Mufti Ebrahim Desai. 



[ii][i]أحسن الفتاوي (7/ 496- 497) 


صحيح مسلم (ط التأصيل) (5/ 311) 

5160- وَحَدَّثَنَاهُ إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ, أَخْبَرَنَا سُفْيَانُ, حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ حُمَيْدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ عَوْفٍ, عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ, عَنْ أُمِّ سَلَمَةَ, تَرْفَعُهُ  قَالَ: إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ وَعِنْدَهُ أُضْحِيَّةٌ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يُضَحِّيَ, فَلاَ يَأْخُذَنَّ شَعَرًا, وَلاَ يُقَلِّمَنَّ ظُفُرًا. 


الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (2/ 181) 

مَطْلَبٌ فِي إزَالَةِ الشَّعْرِ وَالظُّفُرِ فِي عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ 

(خَاتِمَةٌ) قَالَ فِي شَرْحِ الْمُنْيَةِ: وَفِي الْمُضْمَرَاتِ عَنْ ابْنِ الْمُبَارَكِ فِي تَقْلِيمِ الْأَظْفَارِ وَحَلْقِ الرَّأْسِ فِي الْعَشْرِ أَيْ عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ قَالَ لَا تُؤَخَّرُ السُّنَّةُ وَقَدْ وَرَدَ ذَلِكَ وَلَا يَجِبُ التَّأْخِيرُ اهـ وَمِمَّا وَرَدَ فِي صَحِيحِ مُسْلِمٍ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - «إذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ وَأَرَادَ بَعْضُكُمْ أَنْ يُضَحِّيَ فَلَا يَأْخُذَنَّ شَعْرًا وَلَا يُقَلِّمَنَّ ظُفُرًا» فَهَذَا مَحْمُولٌ عَلَى النَّدْبِ دُونَ الْوُجُوبِ بِالْإِجْمَاعِ 





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