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Question & Answer » Ghusl - Ritual Bath

1 Question: How is a Tartibi (sequential) Ghusl done?
Answer: In this method of Ghusl, a person should first make a Niyyat (intention) for Ghusl. Thereafter one should first wash one's head and neck, and thereafter the remaining parts of one's body. It is better that one washes the right part of the body first and then the left part. Furthermore, based on obligatory precaution, it is not sufficient to make the intention of Ghusl when moving the head, neck or body while they are already under the flow of water, rather, the part that one wants to perform Ghusl on - in the event that it is already under the flow of water - must be taken out from under the flow of water and then washed with the intention of Ghusl.
2 Question: Is it necessary to clean the body from impurities before performing an obligatory Ghusl?
Answer: It is not necessary that the entire body of a person should be clean before Irtimasi and Tartibi Ghusl. So, if the body becomes clean while diving in water or pouring water over one's body with the intention of the Ghusl, the Ghusl will be in order.
3 Question: Whilst performing Ghusl is it necessary to place the hands over the body parts to flow the water over it?
Answer: It is not necessary, the flow of water once on the head, neck and body is sufficient.
4 Question: If I forget to do Ghusl Janabat and then after four days, I remember that I did not performed Ghusl Janabat. In this case, what is my obligation, do I have to do Ghusl and give the Qadha of the prayers that I offered?
Answer: You must perform Ghusl Janaba and fulfill the Qadha of your prayers.
5 Question: If a person is doing Ghusl-e-Janabat Irtimasi, must he say "I perform Ghusl-e-Janabat Irtimasi" in his Niyah? If not, is, saying "I perform Ghusl-e-Janabat" enough?
Answer: It is sufficient to intend getting nearness to Allah by getting Taharah. [Meaning, it is not necessary to mention your intention verbally. To pass it through your mind that you perform Ghusl Janaba is sufficient.] You should perform Ghusl with the intention of complying with the order of Allah.
6 Question: Can a person Perform Ghusl-e-Irtimasi instead of Ghusl-e-Tartibi, in order to save time, even if he has enough time to perform the latter?
Answer: There is no objection in it.
7 Question: There was little time remaining for Fajr prayers, and I was performing Ghusl Janabat, once I completed my Ghusl I realised my prayer has become Qadha, is my Ghusl valid, and can I perform my prayers with it?
Answer: Yes, the Ghusl is valid, and you can perform prayers with the Ghusl of Janaba,
8 Question: Some women let their nails grow longer than necessary for beauty. Sometimes a nail breaks up, requiring a cover that must be placed over the broken nail. Knowing that such a cover prevents water from reaching the nail in wudhu and ghusl, is it permissible to use it? How should wudhu and ghusl be performed with that cover?
Answer: Wudhu and ghusl with such a cover over the nail is not valid; therefore, it is necessary to remove it for ablutions. And the purpose mentioned above for the cover is not justifiable.
9 Question: Is the ink that had dried [on our hands, for example] a barrier to perform wudhu or ghusl?
Answer: If it does not form a mass that would prevent water from reaching the skin, the Wudhu and Ghusl is valid.
10 Question: Can one perform one Ghusl with the intention of a number of obligatory Ghusl's, for example, Janaba, Haydh, and touching of the dead body, and recommended Ghusl's, for example, the day of Friday, the days of Eid Fitr and Adha?
Answer: Yes, one Ghusl with the various intentions is fine,
11 Question: When a woman is in janabat or her monthly period or in the state of nifas, her body comes in contact with different things e.g. the utensils, bed sheet and other items. Does it mean they are impure and she has to wash all of those things.
Answer: They are pure and washing them is not necessary. Unless they come in contact with blood, all of them are clean and should be treated as such.
12 Question: A woman was in the state of Janabat and she realized that her monthly period had started. Can she perform one Ghusl later with the intention of both Ghusl-e Hayz and Ghusl-e Janabat?
Answer: Yes, one Ghusl is sufficient. It is permissible to perform one Ghusl with the intention of many obligatory Ghusl's such as Ghusl Haydh, Ghusl Janaba, Ghusl Nifas and Ghusl for touching a dead body. She can also perform the Ghusl Janaba whilst in the state of her monthly period, and then after its completion, she will need to perform the Ghusl of Haydh.
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