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SALAAMS.I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU IF YOU CAN HELP ME OUT ON THIS ISSUE.HOW IS GHUSL CARRIED OUT IN CASE OF A MAN AFTER HE HAS HAD AN INTERCOURSE WITH HIS WIFE?
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How to perform ghusl?
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 6: O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ‘janaba’ (sexual impurity) bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in (sexual) contact with women, and ye find no water then take for yourselves clean sand or earth and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty but to make you clean and to complete His favor to you that ye may be grateful.
Dear and Beloved brother in Islam, being pure from sexual impurity by performing a ‘ghusl’ or full bath is an absolutely obligatory pre-condition of offering one’s prayer. The only alternative and exception allowed by the Lord Most Merciful is when one is impure and in the extreme condition where one finds absolutely no water to cleanse himself, one is permitted to perform the ‘tayammum’ to purify oneself and make themselves available for prayer. But under normal conditions it is absolutely obligatory for a believer who is in a state of sexual or major impurity to purify oneslef with a ‘ghusl’ or full bath.
Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.58a
According to the practice of the Prophet (saws) the correct manner of performing ghusl after making intention to purify oneself is:
1. wash both hands three times,
2. wash the private parts,
3. make a complete ablution (like the one made for prayer--the Prophet(saws) used to delay washing his feet until the end of his ghusl),
4. rub water through one's hair three times, letting the water reach down to the roots of the hair,
5. pour water over the entire body, begining with the right side, then the left, washing under the armpits, inside the ears, inside the navel, inside the toes and whatever part of the body can be easily rubbed. This account is based on the following report from 'Aishah, the wife of the Prophet (saws): "When the Prophet (saws) took his bath after sexual intercourse, he would begin by washing his hands. Then he would pour water from his right hand to his left and wash his sexual organs, make the ablution for prayer, take some water and put his fingers to the roots of his hair to the extent that he sees that the skin is wet, then pour water over his head three times and then over the rest of his body." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) In one narration it states, "He (saws) used to rub his head with his hands until he was certain the water reached his skin, and then he poured water over it three times." It is also related that she said, "When the Prophet (saws) would perform ghusl after having had sexual intercourse, he would call for some water, which he would pour on his right hand to wash the right side of his head and then the left. He would then take water with both hands and pour it over his head." Said Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet (saws) "I put water out for the Messenger of Allah (saws) to perform ghusl. He washed his hands two or three times, and then he poured water from his right hand to his left and washed his private parts, wiped his hands on the earth, rinsed his mouth and nose, washed his face and hands, washed his head three times, poured water over his body, and finally moved from his place and washed his feet. I brought him a towel, but he did not take it, for he shook the water off with his hands." (Related by Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood.)
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