Rulings of Ghusl


What are the rulings of ghusl(bath)? When does it become compulsory to have ghusl and how should one perform it?


Answer by Shaykh Salim Ghisa

Under Islamic Shariah law bathing has three obligations (Fardh) and there are 5 reasons according to the Hanafi Madhab (school of thought) that make it obligatory.

The following three obligations have to be met when bathing otherwise their bathing will not count.

  1. Gargle - To clean the inside of the mouth up to the throat, ensuring that water accesses all parts and that it releases anything struck between the teeth etc. If a person is fasting then they must not gargle to the back of the throat but they still have to wash the mouth. If they are not fasting then they must gargle.
  2. To clean the inside of the nose so that all the hair inside the nostrils becomes wet. Suck up the water from your right hand and use the index finger and thumb of the left to clean the nostrils ensuring any dried mucus is cleaned out up to the bone of the nose.
  3. Wash all of the body ensuring that not a single hair or hair-point remains dry. Making sure that all hair on the head is washed and that any area which is usually covered is washed, such as skin under the earrings, nose studs, rings etc. If a single hair of the body remains dry then the bathing will not count.

The method of bathing is as follows:

Angel Perform the intention of bathing (Ghusl). Then, first of all, wash the hands up to the wrists three times.

(b) Wash the private parts, whether there is any impurity stuck on them or not.

(c) Wash any part of the body which has impurity stuck on it.

(d) Perform Wudhu as performed in Salaah but do not wash the feet. However, if you are sat on a stool or a stone etc. then wash the feet also.

(e) Rub water into the body as you would rub oil.

Give rose Wash the right hand shoulder three times.

(g) Wash the left hand shoulder three times.

(h) Wash the head and all of the body three times.

(i) Move away from the place of bathing and if you did not wash the feet when performing Wudhu, wash them now.

Important Points to Remember

Do not face the Qibla when bathing.

Ensure that you rub your hands with water all over the body whilst scrubbing.

Do not bathe where someone can see you. If this is not possible then it is necessary for you to cover the body from the navel to the knees (for men). If this is not possible then perform Tayammum (dry ablution).

Do not talk when bathing or say any prayers.

To bath naked in a careful hidden place (where no one can see) is allowed. It is very important that women are very careful of this.

The aspects of Sunnah and Mustahhab in Wudhu also apply in bathing, except if you are bathing naked then do not face Qibla and if you are wearing a cloth then there is no problem.

When do I HAVE to do ghusl?

There are five actions that make it obligatory for a person to have a bath (ghusl). As a result you CANNOT do any form of worship, touch the Quran or even enter the mosque until you perform ghusl. The five actions are as follows

  1. The ejaculation of sperm from it’s place with lust.
  2. To have a wet dream. Meaning nocturnal emission that is the releasing of sperm whilst sleeping.
  3. Sexual intercourse whether it is with or without lust, with or without orgasm, the bathing would be obligatory on both.
  4. To become clean from menstrual pause (period).
  5. To become clean from blood after child birth.

If sperm was ejaculated from it’s place but not due to lust, i.e. it was done by lifting a heavy load or falling from a height, then to bathe is not obligatory, however, the Wudhu is broken.

If semen dropped but was very thin and it came out whilst urinating or on it’s own accord without lust then the bath does not become necessary but the Wudhu will break.

To bathe on Fridays, Eid days, on the day of Arafah (9th Dhul Hajj) or when wearing the Ehraam is Sunnat.

Of course Allah knows best


Bathing on Fridays is compulsory.

Depends on what you mean by compulsory.

I think it is Sunnah (probably not Mu'akkadah), but it has been a long time since I looked into anything like this.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

Jazaakallah for the info.
btw how can u ejaculate by "lifting a heavy load or falling from a height"? lol

there is no reason to laugh my brother.if our religious book is mentioning about ejaculating while lifting heavy object or falling from height,then there is some scientific reason behind it.if u dont ejaculate while lifting heavy object,by the grace of God,then it does not mean that nobody ejaculates.there may be people who have this kind of problem.that is why it is mentioned for them to u should not laugh.

What if you looked at something dodgy and a drop of something comes out dues to arousal what then ?

neman wrote:
What if you looked at something dodgy and a drop of something comes out dues to arousal what then ?

-don't watch the dodgy stuff
-this falls under number 1 on the points of when to do ghusl, doesn't it?

"How many people find fault in what they're reading and the fault is in their own understanding" Al Mutanabbi

why would i ask that and i know its wrong to watch the "dodgy" stuff but my question is if you havnt actuyally ejaculated or done anything but just wtched and just a drop or so of " something " comes out...

I wasn't aware of the complete list! Thanks for sharing it Smile

You muslims and  your washings, and prayers, and ramadan, and reading of the Koran, and Mecca, and praying, and washing, and halal, and fastings, all the other things that you all do to try and stamp out the sin nature within you, which the Bible says you have; and all the other stuff that you bow down to: do not taste, do not handle, do not touch. It is a system based on works, and you never know how far you have to go to get to the promised land. I feel so sorry for  you all. In the grip of this person, (if he really existed), who lived in the mists of time some 1400 years ago. And now makes misery, and doubt, and honor killings, and hatred of Jews, and hatred of all that America stands for, and malice, and more hatred, more anger than anyone can have in a lifetime. Jesus said, you are of your father the devil, and of his works will you do. Any religion that spouts that much fear and doubt and hatred has to be from the father of lies. He deceived our first parents, and he lives on today deceiving all those who do not worship the real Jesus. If you do not worship the true Jesus Christ, you are worshiping someone who is a false Christ. This is what Mo did not understand. He was God incarnate, just like the prophets said. Not some Issa. Satan put it into the mind of Mo to exalt himself above the son of God, if he really might have believed that his Issa was the divine son of God. And for this blasphemy we have to doubt everything Mo has ever said.  I have read many parts of the Koran, and boy, no wonder you guys are angry. I would be mad at the world also, if I had to read that everyday. Sorry, that is just the way it is. The god of this age has blinded the minds of   (   ), so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

You're lost, blind and I feel sorry for you.

You're no different from the people who spread hatred about the Prophet (Peace be upon him). How can you blame the injustice that's happening to this world on the one man who changed the world? If it wasn't for him, we'd all be doomed. 

People bring all this hatred, killings etc by their own doings. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) didn't teach nor practice it. In fact, not once was it mentioned anywhere to kill someone who opposed Islam. How the hell can you blame the beloved when its the people who don't have enough knowledge to implement what he (Peace be upon him) taught!

Which religion sprouts fear? Lies? Doubt? Hatred? You've clearly been misled, cause' you've just stereotyped Islam and Muslims based on what you've seen and heard. You clearly ain't read the Holy Quraan' from cover to cover so you don't have a right to judge what it teaches.

You've been brainwashed douchebag, so you can't say ''Muslims are always angry''. Just cause' you've seen a bit of protesting, killing in America.. and you think we've ALL got our heads on the other way round?! Seriously, do your reasearch about ISLAM (not Muslims) and then come to  making a statement.

As for the Holy Quraan, I (and a lot others), would read it every second of the day, and not ONCE will we get angry; in fact, it actually cures anger. If nothing else in the world gives you peace, that undoubtedly does.

Finally think before you post  or say anything. Most of what you said is taken offensively and you would have had an angry response. Why say such things to stir hatred and malice then.

.... I was just gonna respond with ''Go die'', but I thought better of it.



Bravo!! Glad to see people with such strong faith.

says a person who believes in a book that was put together by load of people over a course of thousands of years in a language that most people dont understand today.

Im not sorry to say that i left christianity in the past if i have people as horrible as you who criticise other peoples faiths around me. We muslims dont criticise u so dont do it to us and we will see who is closer to Jesus on the final day 

and why are u browsing this site anyway?? 

Aslam Alikum brother
what if we speak accidently during ghusl 1 or 2 words 
does it invalidate ghusl?

No it doesn’t.

While speaking is discouraged in stateds of undress and nudity in general, it does not invalidate ghusl.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

Asalamualaykum, I went in the shower lied down then intentionally had a sexual dream and put my penis under running water then I ejaculated is this haram? I wanted to ejaculate this way so it wasn't by accident this happened. 

That is not a sexual dream, that is masturbation.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

I wanted to ask what if we ejaculate without the sperms touching any part of body is ghusl compulsory?


"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

Hmm Brother during Ghusl, you mistakenly touched your private part, does it nullify the Ghusl ?

I mean after the wudu part?

Another thing Is it even permissible during Ghusl to touch your private part I mean after washing your private part and after the wudu part?

Best to ask a scholar, but if you follow the hanafi madhab, that does not break your ghusl.

AFAIK atleast one of the 4 madhabs have a different ruling.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.