Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated: When the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) took bath after a seminal emission, he first washed his hands, then washed his private parts with his left hand, then poured water over his left hand with his right hand, (this was due to the fact that there was no small vessel for taking water), then performed ablution as he did for prayer, then put his fingers into the water and moved them through the roots of his hairs till he was satisfied that water has reached the roots fully, then poured three handfuls on his head with both his hands then poured water over all his body and then washed his feet.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Hadrat Ibn Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated a tradition similar to the above one on the authority of (Hadrat) Maimunah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) which it is further related: ‘1 handed him a garment, but he did not take it, he went off shaking his hands.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Full details of the way the Prophet (Sallailahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to take bath are available in these two traditions from Hadrat Aishah and (Hadrat) Maimunah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) These are: First of all he would wash both his hands three times (because it is with the hands that the rest of the body is washed). Then he would wash the private parts with the left hand pouring water on it with right hand. After that he would wash the left hand having rubbed it repeatedly on the ground or with soil. Next he would perform WUDU in the course of which he would rinse his mouth thrice with water, then he would snuff up water, clean the nose well and blow it, Then he would clean the inner side of his mouth and nose. After this he would pass his fingers through the hair of his beard as he usually did, and see that the water had reached the roots of the hair. He would similarly wash the hair of his head carefully ensuring that the water had reached the ends of the hair. Then he would wash the rest of his body. Finally, he would withdraw from the bathing place and wash his feet. (He probably did so because the bathing places were not solid and clean). [Marif-ul- Hadis]

Hadrat ‘Abdullah lbn Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the prophet said: The women who is menstruating and the one who is seminally defiled must not recite any part of the Holy QURAAN. (This means that recitation of the Holy QURAAN, which is the holy word of ALLAH, is forbidden for both of them). [Marif -ul- Hadis, Tirmizi]

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the messenger of ALLAH has said; There is sexual defilement under every hair, so wash the hair and cleanse the skin.” (So that portion of the body which remains hidden beneath the hair is purified) and that part of the body which is visible (on which there are no hair) should also be cleansed well and carefully. [Sunan Abu Dawud, Tirmizi, lbn Majah, Marif -ul- Hadis]

One Reply to “GHUSL (BATH)”

  1. Very good Summary of the Bathing !!!
    Taking a licit bath after having sex or any sexual ejaculation is called Ghusl or major ablution or full ablution. This is simply making the intention to do the licit Ghusl and immersing full body (including hair and hair roots) in water. For more details refer to question and link below.


    1) Have the intention to make ghusl.
    2) Wash the hands.
    3) Wash the private parts and all parts which will have sexual fluids on them (like legs, etc.)
    4) Make regular wudhu.
    5) When you come to the part of the wudhu where you pass water over the head, you make sure the entire head is washed, then make sure the rest of the body is washed – with your hands passing over every part. Start from the upper right side of the body – front then back. Then do the lower right part of the body – front then back. Then do the same for the upper part of the left side, then the lower part of the left side.
    6) To finish, it was the Sunnah of the Prophet to step out of this location in order to wash the feet – the last part of making wudhu – in another location. That was when there was no floor drain and, so, the water from the parts that were washed was still there. Nowadays, you may remain where you are and simply finish the ghusl by washing the feet – at least up to the ankles – as in a normal wudhu.
    Remember – the passing of the hands and the intention to make the wudhu or ghusl are essential.

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