📕A Summary of Islamic Fiqh

We continue with the topic of Ghusl (ritual bath).

The way a complete ritual bath is taken is as follows:

  • Having the intention to to take a ritual bath (This is the first pillar of Ghusl)
  • Beginning with Tasmiyah (Saying Bismillah)
  • Washing one’s hands thrice
  • Washing one’s genital
  • Performing full ablution
  • Washing one’s head; pouring over the head thrice so that it thoroughly reaches one’s scalp
  • Pouring water over one’s whole body and rubbing with one’s hands, making sure that water reaches all parts of the body.

Ghusl has two pillars:

1) the intention

2) to wash the whole of the body.

If these two are done, then the Ghusl is sufficed.

This lesson also recaps the pillars of wudhoo, and the sunnah acts of it.

The menstruating woman or the woman in a state of postnatal bleeding has to undo her hair braids or pigtails when taking a ritual bath. However, a woman in a state of janabah does not have to undo her hair braids to have a ritual bath, as it does not affect the validity of her ritual bathing in this case. This is because janabah is a frequent state, and undoing her hair braids every now and then might cause her difficulty. Still, it is obligatory for a woman in that state (of janabah) to make water reach her scalp.