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How to perform Ghusl the full ritual wash

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.

GHUSL STARTS

3 Niyyat. Your intention to perform the Ghusl with its purpose i:e (Due to having performed sexual intercourse..) You’re intention should always be to perform the action only to please and obtain nearness to Allah (swt). Any other intention will void/invalidated the Ghusl.
4 Wash the head ghusl_main3Wash the head down to the neck; wipe your hand on the face and neck, and comb the hair with your fingers. (It is not mandatory to use your hands to wipe your body, rather simply allowing water to flow on the body parts is sufficient.
5 wash the right side of body right side of body, rear view

Wash the right side of your body from the shoulders down to the feet; include some part of the left side also. While washing right side, ensure you cover under your arm pits and private areas which may not easily be covered by flowing water.

 

6 wash the left side of the body wash the left side of the body rear view

Wash the left side of your body from the shoulders down to the feet; include some part of the right side also. While washing left side, ensure you cover under your arm pits and private areas which may not easily be covered by flowing water

GHUSL ENDS

 

Updated on January 28, 2017

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