Performing ghusl – How it is done

Performing ghusl – How it is done

source :Osoul Global Center

Women ghusl procedure starts by pouring water on her hair for three times making sure that the water reaches the skin of her head then she continues washing the rest of her body. 

Performing ghusl – How it is done

There are two forms of ghusl: 

A) Acceptable form: in the sense that if a person only does ghusl in this manner, his ghusl is valid and he becomes purified from major impurity. But if a person fails to perform this kind of ghusl properly, his ghusl is not needvalid. 

B) Complete and preferred form: this is the type which it is recommended to do but is not obligatory.

As for the obligatory and acceptable form it is as follows: 

1. Form the intention to purify oneself from impurity: janaabah (impurity following ejaculation), menses or nifaas (postpartum bleeding).

2.  Wash the entire body with water once, making sure that the water reaches the roots of the hair and the places that it cannot reach easily, such as the armpits and backs of the knees, as well as rinsing the mouth and nose, according to the correct scholarly opinion.

As for the complete form, it is as follows:


1.  Form the intention in the heart to purify oneself from major impurity: janaabah (impurity following ejaculation), menses or nifaas (postpartum bleeding).

2.  Then say Bismillah and wash the hands three times, then wash any dirt from the private part.

3. Then do a complete wudoo’ as for prayer.

4. Then pour water over the head three times, and rub the hair so that the water reaches the roots of the hair.

5. Then wash the body, making sure that the water reaches all parts, rubbing it with the hands so that the water reaches the entire body. 

The evidence for this preferred form of ghusl is: 

:It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said

‘When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did ghusl for janaabah, he would wash his hands and do wudoo’ as for prayer, then he would wash himself, then he would run his fingers through his hair, then when he thought that it [the water] had reached his skin, he would pour water over it [the head] three times, then he would wash the rest of his body.’ 

Related by al-Bukhari, hadith No. 248 and Muslim, hadith No. 316

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