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Assalam Aleykum Brother Burhan ,
First of all I thank you for enlighting many muslim brothers & sisters around the world with your knowledge in the light of quraan & hadees.Brother I had a few doubts in my mind regarding the cutting the nails of hands & removal of hair from the body. People say different things regarding this topic , but I do not believe , trust , or follow any thing without seeing it in the form of hadees or quran with reference no. I will be thankful to you if u can clear the following questions for me.
1). Is it permitted to remove the hair from the body.
2). If s then is there any time period to remove the hair (e.g., No of days).
3). Is it permitted to cut the nails of hands legs at any time of the day.
4). If s then can we throw them wherever we like or we should cut them collect them & throw them together at one place.
5). Upto what extent the nails should be grown
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Removing unwanted hair nails
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Q-1: Is it permitted to remove the hair from the body.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.779 Narrated by Abu Huraira
I heard the Prophet (saws) saying. "Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra (nature): removing the pubic hair, clipping the nails, depilating the hair of the armpits; and circumcision and cutting the moustaches short (for the males)
Not only is it permitted but it is encouraged and a practice of ‘fitrah’ that the believers remove their unwanted hair from their pubic and armpit regions on a regular basis.
Except for the shaping or removing of the eye-brow hair for the believing females, there is no restriction in Shariah if one wishes to cut or shape any unwanted hair from any other part of their bodies.
Sahih Al-Bukhari 7.815 Narrated by Abdullah
Allah has cursed those women who practice tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their eye-brow hairs, and those who create a space between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and such women as change the features created by Allah.
Your Question: If s then is there any time period to remove the hair (e.g., No of days).
Sahih Muslim Hadith 497 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
A time limit has been prescribed for us for clipping the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking hair under the armpits, shaving the pubic region: that it should not be neglected for more than forty nights.
Your Question: Is it permitted to cut the nails of hands legs at any time of the day.
Except for when one is in the actual state of ‘ehraam’ for pilgrimage, there is nothing in the Shariah which restricts, forbids, or prohibits the believers from clipping their nails at any time of the day or night.
Your Question: If s then can we throw them wherever we like or we should cut them collect them & throw them together at one place.
Cleanliness and good hygiene practice would dictate that one dispose off one’s nails sensibly so that they do not become a hazard for someone else.
Your Question: Upto what extent the nails should be grown.
The practice of the noble companions was that they would not allow their nails to grow for a period of more than forty days.
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