Sunnah ghusl and after sex.

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this is azhar from hyderabad, i would like to know the conditions of ghusul, and at what situations it is must and should what is the perfect procedure(which our huzur(SAW) used to follow),plz let me know. If there s any grametical mistakes plz ignore.Is that compusory having full bath (ghusul)after sex or else we can have full bath in the morning also plz reply.

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Sunnah ghusl and after sex

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Your Question: …i would like to know the conditions of ghusul, and at what situations it is must and should what is the perfect procedure(which our huzur(SAW) used to follow),plz let me know.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:

6        O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles.  If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity (post menstruation, post sexual intercourse, etc.) bathe your whole body.  But if ye are ill or on a journey or one of you cometh from offices of nature or ye have been in contact with women and ye find no water then take for yourselves clean sand or earth and rub therewith your faces and hands.  Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty but to make you clean and to complete His favor to you that ye may be grateful.


The acts or conditions which constitute a state of ‘major or ceremonial impurity’ and make the ‘ghusl’ or full bath of purification obligatory in Shariah are:

  1. Sexual intercourse
  2. Full sexual discharge (release of semen)
  3. If the male private organ touches the female private organ, regardless of whether sexual intercourse took place or not, and regardless of whether sexual discharge was released from one’s private parts or not.
  4. Post menstruation or post child-birth for the women.


Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.58a

According to the practice of the Prophet (saws) the correct manner of performing ghusl after making intention to purify oneself  and saying ‘Bismillah’ is:

  1. wash both hands three times,
  2. wash the private parts,
  3. make a complete ablution (like the one made for prayer--the Prophet(saws) used to delay washing his feet until the end of his ghusl),
  4. rub water through one's hair three times, letting the water reach down to the roots of the hair,

5.      pour water over the entire body, begining with the right side, then the left, washing under the armpits, inside the ears, inside the navel, inside the toes and whatever part of the body can be easily rubbed. This account is based on the following report from 'Aishah, the wife of the Prophet (saws): "When the Prophet (saws) took his bath after sexual intercourse, he would begin by washing his hands. Then he would pour water from his right hand to his left and wash his sexual organs, make the ablution for prayer, take some water and put his fingers to the roots of his hair to the extent that he sees that the skin is wet, then pour water over his head three times and then over the rest of his body." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) In one narration it states, "He (saws) used to rub his head with his hands until he was certain the water reached his skin, and then he poured water over it three times." It is also related that she said, "When the Prophet (saws) would perform ghusl after having had sexual intercourse, he would call for some water, which he would pour on his right hand to wash the right side of his head and then the left. He would then take water with both hands and pour it over his head." Said Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet (saws)  "I put water out for the Messenger of Allah (saws) to perform ghusl. He washed his hands two or three times, and then he poured water from his right hand to his left and washed his private parts, wiped his hands on the earth, rinsed his mouth and nose, washed his face and hands, washed his head three times, poured water over his body, and finally moved from his place and washed his feet. I brought him a towel, but he did not take it, for he shook the water off with his hands." (Related by Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood.)


Your Question: Is that compusory having full bath(ghusul)after sex or else we can have full bath in the morning also plz reply.

If one is in a state of post-sex ceremonial impurity, and if for any reason one wishes to postpone or delay the performing of the ‘ghusl’ or full bath of purification, and wishes to eat or drink or sleep, it is recommended and is Sunnah that one should perform the ‘wudu’ first before one eats or drinks or sleeps.


Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.41a

If a person in a state of post-sex impurity wants to eat, drink or have intercourse again, he should perform ablution.

Said 'Aishah, "When the Prophet (saws) was in a state of ceremonial impurity because of intercourse and wanted to eat or sleep, he would perform ablution."


Ammar ibn Yasar reported that the Prophet permitted a person in post-sex impurity to eat, drink or sleep if he performed ablution first.

Related by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi.


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