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Topic #58: Is wudu valid if one has long nails?

Is wudhu valid if one has long nails?

Is wudu valid if one has long nails? [long nails wudu; lambe nakhun in islam; wudu in islam]

Though it is permissible for a man or a woman to grow his or her nails, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have maintained short nails. Hence, growing out nails would be considered going against his sunnah/blessed practice.

Another thing to keep in mind while keeping long nails is that at the time of wudhu (ablution) it is necessary for the validity of the wudhu that water reaches below the nails if the nails are longer than normal. Long nails generally attracts a lot of dirt and sometimes the dirt remains stuck under the nails and if not removed, wudhu will be invalid if water does not reach that area.

The best practice is to follow whom Allah has guided us to follow, i.e., Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and thus keep the nails short and clean as

Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari reported that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Cleanliness is half of faith (emaan)" Sahih Muslim 223.

And Allah knows best!

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