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Dirt under the nail while making ghusl

Q: Does the dirt situated beneath one’s toenails constitute a skin obstruction during the ghusl process (albeit in small amounts)?

A: Assuming the toenail is larger/longer than the norm (as deemed by laity) and that some amount of dirt is situated beneath the surplus nail [underneath which there lies no skin] to such an extent that prevents water access to the nail, then one must eliminate such dirt. However, assuming the toenail isn’t long, its inferior dirt won’t be problematic.


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