A Description of the Ghusul

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Bestower of Mercy

[1]: Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported:

When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to take a ghusul (Islamic Bath) due to intercourse, he (ﷺ) would wash his hands three times. Then, he (ﷺ) would make the wudhoo of the prayer. 

Then, he (ﷺ) bathed: He (ﷺ) would part his hair with his two hands, until he believed he (ﷺ) wet his scalp. Then, he (ﷺ) would pour water over his head three times. Then, he (ﷺ) would bathe the rest of his body. (1)

Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and I used to bathe from the same container. We would scoop the water together, simultaneously. (2)

Understanding the Hadeeth (3):

1. This hadeeth is a proof to begin with washing the hands.

2. This hadeeth is a proof to begin with wudhoo before the ghusul.

3. This hadeeth is a proof to part the hair.

4. It is permissible to for spouses to bathe together and to take water from the same container.

5. It is permissible for the spouses to look one another unclothed.

[2]: Maymoonah Bint al-Haarith, the wife of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), may Allah be pleased with her, narrated:

I prepared some water for the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) to bathe with due to intercourse. He (ﷺ) washed his hands, two or three times. Then, he (ﷺ) washed his private area. After washing his private area, he (ﷺ) washed off his hand, two or three times.     

Then, he (ﷺ) rinsed his mouth and cleansed his nose. Then, he (ﷺ) washed his face three times. Then, he (ﷺ) washed his hands, up-to, and including, the elbows. Then, he (ﷺ) poured water over his head three times. Then, he (ﷺ) moved to a different area and washed his feet. 

After that, I (Maymoonah) came to him with a piece of cloth, but he (ﷺ) did not want it; he (ﷺ) removed the water with his hand. (4)

Understanding the Hadeeth (5):

1. This hadeeth is a proof to wash the hands before the private area, for the one who will scoop water.

2. It is recommended to wash the hand (e.g. with soap) after washing off the private area with it.

3. It is legislated to rinse the mouth and cleanse the nose during ghusul. 

4. It is permissible to delay washing the feet for the wudhoo during ghusul.

5. This hadeeth teaches us that wives should kindly service husbands. 

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(1) Collected by al-Bukhaaree, #272.

(2) Collected by al-Bukhaaree, #273. 

(3) See “Explanation of UmdatulAhkaam”, by Faisal Aali Mubaarak, pp. 33-34.

(4) Collected by al-Bukhaaree, #274.

(5) See footnote #3.

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