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Ruling 360. In sequential ghusl, one must – based on obligatory precaution – first wash with the intention of ghusl the entire head and neck and then the entire body; and it is better to first wash the right side of the body, then the left. In the event that one intentionally or due to being negligent in learning the laws of ghusl does not wash the entire head and neck before washing the body, then based on obligatory precaution his ghusl is invalid. Furthermore, based on obligatory precaution, when performing ghusl, 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.

Ruling 361. In case one washes his body before his head and neck, it is not necessary for him to repeat the ghusl; rather, in the event that one washes his body again, his ghusl will be valid.

Ruling 362. If a person is not certain that he has completely washed both parts – i.e. his head and neck, and his body – then in order for him to be certain that he has washed both parts, when he washes one part he must wash an area of the other part as well.

Ruling 363. If after performing ghusl one realises that he has not washed an area of his body but he does not know which area it is, it is not necessary for him to wash his head and neck again, and he must only wash that area of his body that he deems probable he had not washed.

Ruling 364. If after performing ghusl one realises that he has not washed an area of his body, in the event that the unwashed area happens to be on the left side of his body, it is sufficient for him to wash only the unwashed area. If the unwashed area happens to be on the right side of one’s body, the recommended precaution is that after washing the unwashed area, he should wash the entire left side again. Furthermore, if the unwashed area happens to be on one’s head and neck, then based on obligatory precaution he must wash his body again after he has washed the unwashed area.

Ruling 365. If before completing ghusl one doubts whether or not he has washed a particular area on the left or right side of his body, it is necessary that he washes that area. And if a person doubts whether or not he has washed an area that is on his head or neck, then based on obligatory precaution after he has washed that area he must wash his body again.
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