Cutting of nails on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Assalamualikum Mufti Saheb, I come from Indian background and the tradition there is not to cut nails/hair on Tuesdays and Sat? Is this tradition based on any Islamic priniciple ? Also, is there any “correct” way of cutting the nails ?? (Starting from the fore-finger etc.) May Allah bless you and raise your level in this world and the Akhirah.


We have not come across any Shar’ee reference prohibiting the trimming of
nails on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

It has been mentioned that Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to pair
his nails on a Thursday, but no sequence has been mentioned. However, many
pious people recommend that one should commence with the index finger of the
right hand moving towards the small finger, thereafter the small finger of
the left hand leading towards the thumb and finishing with the thumb of the
right hand. The toe nails, from the small toe of the right leg and complete
with the small toe of the left leg.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

for: Mufti Ebrahim Desai

CHECKED AND APPROVED: Moulana Imraan Vawda