Ghusl is an Arabic term referring to the full body ritual washing ablution required, if the adult lose the state of body cleanness, in Islam for adults prior to ablution (wudu وضوء) for various rituals and prayers. Ghusl is mandatory for any Muslim after having sexual intercourse, orgasmic discharge (e.g. semen), completion of the menstrual cycle,giving birth, touching a cold dead body prior to having performed Ghusl for it and death by natural causes. Islam also recommends the performance of the full ablution before the Friday sermon prayer and Eid prayers, before entering the ehram, in preparation for hajj, after having lost consciousness,and after formally converting to Islam. Shia Muslims also perform the ablution before Namaz-e-tawbah.
Ghusl should not be confused with wudu, a partial ablution, that Muslims perform before prayer salat. If one enters a state which requires Ghusl then it is mandatory to perform the wash prior to performing the required Wudu for prayers.
Please follow the steps below for performing the Ghusl/Full body ritual washing.
1. Remove the najasat (semen, blood, impurity) from the body. VERY IMPORTANT
2. Normally one would perform a standard wash to remove all dirt from body or anything on the skin which may prevent water from touching it.