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Trimming the moustache and the nails

Trimming the Moustache


The moustache, in arabic 'ash-shaarib' comes from the verb shariba, meaning to drink. It is called this as this is the place from which you drink. In Fiqh terminology, it refers to the hair above the upper lip.

In trimming the moustache, the majority of scholars considered trimmming as sibaalaan, the hair that joins the moustache to the beard, as part of trimming the moustache. This is based on the following hadith:

"O Messenger of Allah, the People of the Book cut their beards, and lengthen the sides of their mustaches." So, the Prophet said: "Cut the sides of your mustaches, lengthen your beards, and differ from the People of the Book,"

(Ahmad from Abu Umaamah)


The majority of scholars considered trimming the moustache recommended. However, there is a difference of opinion on how it should be done:

Hanafi scholars considered removing (shaving) it to be good and leaving it to be bad, as is the statement of Imam Abu Haneefah and his two students Abu Yusuf and Muhammad ash Shaybaani. They recommended that it should be done every week and preferably on the day of Jumu'ah. They said it should not be left for more than 40 days due to the following hadith:

"A time limit has been prescribed for us for clipping the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking hair under the armpits, shaving the pubes, that it should not be neglected far more than forty nights."

(Muslim from Anas ibn Maalik)

Maaliki scholars said it should not be shaved and shaving it is disliked.
Shaafi' scholars also said it should not be shaved but said it should be trimmed until the whiteness of the lip is shown. This is based on the action of ibn Umar as was recorded by Bukhari from Naafi'
Hanbali scholars said that there is no problem if one trims it or shaves it.


With regards to trimming the moustache on Jumu'ah, the majority of scholars considered it to be from the acts of Tahaarah and thus, it should be done before the prayer. Hanbalis scholars said that the barakah is in the prayer, therefore it should be done after.

Trimming the nails


The scholars said trimming the nails means the clipping of what grows beyond the head of the fingertip.


It is mustahabb to begin with the right hand. Some mentioned that there is an order in which the nails should be clipped, howewver, this is something strange with no basis or proof.


The scholars agree that it is recommended to clip the nails on Jumu'ah and that it should not be left for more than 40 days. However, they also mentioned that when it becomes long, it should be clipped and this depends on the individual.

Other Issues

The scholars considered it required to have long nails in the time of Jihad due to the report from Al Hakam ibn Amr that the prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam ordered them not to remove their nails during Jihad as the power is in the nails.

On the issue of clipping the nails during the first ten days of dhul hijjah when one intends to offer a slaughter, the Hanafi and Maaliki scholars considered this to be disliked whilst Shaafi' and Hanbali scholars considered it to be haram.