Question:     Can we cut nails on Tuesday?
Answer:     We should make haste in cutting nails, as the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

Translation of Hadith: Don’t delay good works.

As given Fatawa A'alamgiri, Kitab Ul Karihiyya:

Translation:  An anecdote has been related that one Harun Rashid asked Imam Abu Yousuf (May Allah Ta'ala shower His mercy on him) about cutting nails at night and he said that nails can be cut at night.  Harun Rashid demanded a proof for this.  Hadhrat Abu Yousuf (May Allah Ta'ala shower His mercy on him) said:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: There should be no delay in good works.  (Fatawa A'alamgiri, Kitab Ul Karahiyya)

Thus, regardless of whether it is Tuesday or any other day, if the nails are overgrown, they should be cut.

And Allah The Mighty and The Majestic knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
Question:     Mufti sahab, I benefit a lot from your answers.  I am the Imam of a mosque.  Once in the 1st Raka’at of Salaat Ul Maghrib, I recited Surah Naas.  I was confused as to what to recite in the second Raka’at.  Then I thought that this is the last Surah of the Holy Quran and recited the first few verses of Surah Baqarah.  Was this correct?
Answer:     If anyone recites Surah Naas in the 1st Raka’at of an Obligatory (Fardh) Salaat and the occasion is not of completing the recitation of the Holy Quran, then that person should recite the same Surah in the second Raka’at as well.  This is because reciting the same Surah in the 2nd Raka’at has less undesirability than reciting the Holy Quran against its proper order.

Thus, if you recite Surah Naas in the first Raka’at of the Obligatory Salaat of Salaat Ul Maghrib or any other Salaat, then you should recite Surah Naas in the next Raka’at as well.

As given in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Kitaab Us Salaat.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
Now the word “Rahman,” in which “Alif” and “Lam” are added.  It is accepted unanimously that such additions to the word increase or rather intensify the meaning of the word.  Thus, this word means the One who has more mercy and benevolence.

Rahman” is the first attribute and “Raheem,” is, apparently the second attribute.  Both of them come from “Rahmah,” i.e. mercy, but “Rahman” is for Allah Most High alone and has a certain superiority over “Raheem.”  “Rahman” cannot be used for anyone other than Allah Most High and in terms of its meaning, it is common, as this attribute is present in all creation and “Raheem” is its opposite.

The reason for mentioning these 3 blessed names of Allah Most High is that in the Holy Quran 3 types of people are addressed: One, those who wrong their own selves (i.e. sin), some who are half-hearted and some who take precedence in virtues.  Now, in this verse Allah Most High says: I am Allah for those who take the lead in virtues.  I am “Rahman” for the indifferent and half-hearted and “Raheem” for the sinners.

It also means: I am Allah, the one who grants.  I am “Rahman,” the one who forgives sins.  I am “Raheem,” the one who ignores offenses.

In other words, Allah Most High says in His infinite Mercy:

“I know such secrets of yours that if your parents get to know them, they would separate themselves from you.  If your wife knows them, she will take offense.  If your slave-girl knew of them, she would ready herself to run away from you.  If your neighbors know of them, they would incline towards destroying their home and hearth and bid goodbye to you.  What is interesting here is that I know of all this, but through my benevolence and my attribute of “Sattar,” I keep them hidden and do not take vengeance immediately, so that you know that I am Allah, the “Rahman” and “Raheem”.

[By Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam Imam Muhammad Anwarullah Farooqui (May Allah sanctify his secret), Maqasid Ul Islam, Vol. 4.]