Q. Can you tell me if it is permissible to cut one’s nails during the night or what is the ruling on cutting nails according to the Sunnah?
A. It is permissible to cut one’s nails during the night. According to the sunnah, one should cut his/her nails every week on a Thursday or Friday.
The manner of cutting the nails is that one should begin with the right hand first. In this hand, one must cut the nails in the following procedure:-
1st- the index finger
2nd- the fore finger
3rd- the ring finger
4th- the little finger
After this, one will continue by cutting the nails of the left hand in the following procedure:-
1st- the little finger
2nd- the ring finger
3rd the fore finger
4th- the index finger
5th- the thumb of the left hand.
After this, a person should cut the nail of the thumb of the right hand.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan