Cutting Nails and Having Bath whilst Menstruating

                                 27th April 2020

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question:  Is it permissible to cut nails during haidh or is it disliked? Also is it permissible to take a bath in the state of haidh or should one wait till one finishes haidh.


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In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



In reference to your query regarding cutting the nails and having a bath during haidh (period), there is no clear evidence that prohibits it. Based on the Juristic maxim; all things are permissible unless proven to be Haram through clear evidence,[1] so both are permissible and not disliked. It is only in the case of janabat (ritual impurity) do some scholars deem it disliked but not in the case of haidh.[2]

The impermissibility of having a bath during haidh (period) is a widespread misconception amongst many women. Islam advises to stay clean at all times and in the state of haidh (period) one should try to stay extra clean due to the constant flow of blood, hence having a bath would be advised rather than deterred from.


[Allāh Knows Best]


Written by:  Apa Sajeda          Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam      

JKN Fatawa Department



[1] Ibn Nujaym, Al Ashbah Wanaza’ir.

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[2] Fatawa Hindiyya, Kitābul Karahiyyah, Bāb Fil Kithaan wal Khisaa…, vol 5 p. 358

حَلْقُ الشَّعْرِ حَالَةَ الْجَنَابَةِ مَكْرُوهٌ وَكَذَا قَصُّ الْأَظَافِيرِ كَذَا فِي الْغَرَائِبِ.