Ruling on rubbing thick hair when doing ghusl for janaabah

If a man has thick hair, does he have to rub it when doing ghusl for janaabah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is required when doing ghusl is to make the water reach every part of the body. If it is possible to make the water reach the scalp and go through the hair and so on, then he does not have to rub it, but if it is not possible to do that without rubbing it, then he has to rub it.

What is required of the one who is doing ghusl is to pour water over all of his hair and make it reach the roots of his hair, whether his hair is thick or thin. If he does that then his ghusl is complete.

It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that she said: When the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did ghusl for janaabah, he washed his hands and did wudoo’ as for prayer, then he washed his body, then he ran his hands through his hair, until he was sure the water had reached the scalp. Then he poured water over his head three times. Then he washed the rest of his body.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 264 Continue reading


Is it essential when doing ghusl for janaabah to wash with soap?

If a person becomes junub then does ghusl, does he have to scrub his body with cleansing materials such as soap or not?.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is required when doing ghusl in the case of major impurity is to make the water reach every part of the body. It is not stipulated that soap or any other cleansing material be used, because none of those who described the ghusl of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in the case of janaabah said anything about him using lotus leaves or any other kind of cleansing material. Rather all he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did was to pour water over his body and make it reach every part.

For example, ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), when he did ghusl in the case of janaabah, used to pour three scoops of water with his hands, then pour water over all of his skin. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 240

It was narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I am a woman with tightly braided hair; should I undo it for ghusl from janaabah? He said: “No; it is sufficient for you to pour three handfuls of water over your head, then pour water over you, and you will become pure.” Narrated by Muslim, 330.

The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked (5/315): Should one wash with soap after janaabah, and why?

They replied: It is obligatory to do ghusl for janaabah using water, but it is not essential to use cleansing materials such as soap and the like. This is what is indicated by the Sunnah of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). But if one uses soap or some other cleansing material, there is nothing wrong with that.

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Can a person who has a plaster cast, and is unable to do ghusl, do tayammum?

I had surgery on my knee joint and they put a plaster cast from the top to the bottom of my leg. During the first few days I could not even sit up, and I had a wet dream. Do I have to do ghusl, or is tayammum sufficient? I prayed for two days with tayammum, then I asked my relatives to wash me (ghusl), but then I had a wet dream on the second day, and it is very difficult for my relatives to wash me, so I waited a few days before they could do that. Are my prayers offered with tayammum valid?.

Praise be to Allaah.


In the answers to questions no. 69796 and 148062, we mentioned the ruling on wiping over a part of the body that is covered with a plaster cast, bandage or dressing, in which it says:

The part of the body that is covered with any of the things we have mentioned, or anything similar, is to be wiped over if it is possible to do that without causing any harm, whether in wudoo’ or ghusl. If the part of the body is not covered, then it should be washed if possible. If that is not possible because it will result in harm such as increased pain or sickness, or delayed healing, then it should be wiped over. If he cannot do either, then he should wash the parts that he is able to wash – in both wudoo’ and ghusl – and do tayammum, after he has finished washing with water, for that part that the water could not reach. End quote.

Based on that, what you have to do when doing ghusl is to wash all of your body with water, except the part where the plaster cast is; it is sufficient to wipe over. Thus your ghusl will be complete and there will be no need for tayammum.  Continue reading

Is it essential to move one’s ring when doing wudoo’ and ghusl?

Is it essential for a man or woman to move a ring when doing ghusl for janaabah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the ring is loose enough for water to get underneath it, then it is not necessary to move it. But if it is so tight that water cannot get underneath it except by moving it, then it has to be moved. That applies in both wudoo’ and ghusl.

It says in al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah (11/30):

The majority of fuqaha’ are of the view that it is obligatory, when doing wudoo’, to move one’s ring when washing the hand, if it is tight and he does not know whether the water is reaching the skin underneath it. But if the ring is loose, or if it is tight but he knows that the water can reach underneath it, then he does not have to move it; rather it is mustahabb. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Is it essential to move one’s ring and watch when doing wudoo’? He replied: The fuqaha’ said that it is Sunnah to move them.  Continue reading

Ghusl for janaabah is an act of worship first and foremost

Why is it Sunnah for the one who does ghusl to rub his scalp? Does janaabah cause secretions of the scalp?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The believer should hasten to obey the command of Allah, may He be exalted, and the command of the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), and his obedience to the command should not be dependent on knowing the wisdom behind it. For many of the rulings of Islam we do not know the wisdom behind them, but we are certain that there is great wisdom behind them that Allah intended. The scholars call these rulings “rulings of unknown meaning” or “rulings on kinds of worship”, such as the number of rak‘ahs in prayer.

Some of the scholars are of the view that ghusl for janaabah comes under the heading of this type of rulings, the wisdom behind which is not known.  Continue reading

What is the janaabah that makes ghusl obligatory?

There are two things that may happen during intercourse or foreplay between a man and his wife, which is where the woman may reach climax but not emit anything, or she may reach it and emit something. But I have read something that says that if the woman sees discharge then she has to do ghusl, but in fact there are two types of discharge – one is the well known “maniy” and the other is vaginal secretions. My question is: if a man engages in foreplay with his wife and she reaches climax but does not emit anything, does she become junub and thus is obliged to do ghusl?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Both spouses should know that there are two things which make ghusl obligatory with regard to intimate acts:


Intercourse, which is when his private part enters the wife’s private part, even if he does not ejaculate.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “When a man sits between the four parts (arms and legs of his wife) and has intercourse with her, then ghusl is obligatory.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 291; Muslim, 348 – the latter added: “Even if he does not ejaculate.”  Continue reading

He forgot that he was junub; is the ghusl for ihram sufficient and can it include the ghusl for janaabah?

Someone remembered that he became junub whilst he was travelling for his first Hajj, and when he reached the miqaat he forgot that he was junub and he did ghusl for ihram only, and he did not intend to do ghusl for janaabah. Thus he entered ihram for Hajj and did not intend to do ghusl for janaabah. Does that count for both ihram and ghusl from janaabah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

His ghusl for ihram is sufficient to include his ghusl from janaabah, because it is a ghusl that is prescribed, especially in the case of someone who forgot. This was stated by the fuqaha’ when they said: “If he intends to do a Sunnah ghusl, it counts for the obligatory ghusl too.” Some of them limited it to the case of forgetfulness. As both opinions are applicable in the case of the man mentioned, it is acceptable in his case. End quote.  Continue reading

Does it invalidate his ghusl if some maniy comes out whilst he is doing ghusl?

If you realise a bit of sperm comes out whilst doing ghusl not after or before but during the process, is the ghusl you are undertaking invalid?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Emission of maniy whilst doing ghusl must be one of two things:

– It happened with desire or

– It happened without desire.

If it happened with desire, then this invalidates the first ghusl. So if he had washed his head and part of his body, then maniy was emitted with desire, that invalidates his previous ghusl and he has to repeat what he had already washed. Continue reading

Can a woman cut her hair before doing ghusl following menses?

Is it permissible for a woman to cut her hair before doing ghusl following menses?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with cutting one’s nails or hair before doing ghusl following menses or afterwards, but a woman should take care, when cutting her hair, to avoid resembling men or kaafir women.

The fact that it is permissible for a woman to cut her hair short is indicated by the report narrated by Muslim (320) from Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abd al-Rahmaan who said: The wives of the Prophet (S) used to cut their hair so that it came down just past their ears.  Continue reading

Not doing ghusl for five months because of sickness

I got sick and had surgery in the hospital. When I came out of the hospital the specialist told me that I should not wash myself with water for five months, which included the blessed month of Ramadan. I hope that you can advise me whether I should follow the doctor’s advice for five months, or should I do ghusl and pray and fast Ramadan?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It seems that you have an excuse for not doing ghusl, so you can do tayammum to purify yourself in the case of janaabah. But in order to be on the safe side, you should ask other doctors who specialise in this sickness. You should make sure by asking a second doctor, especially a Muslim doctor who can be trusted. But if what this is what the specialist who treated you said, and you feel comfortable with his experience and you did not see anything in him which would suggest that he take the matter of Islam lightly or that he hates Islam, then praise be to Allah. If this is the medicine and it is something thing that it is feared may pose a danger if you go against it, then there is nothing wrong with following his advice and not doing ghusl until that period ends, so as to be on the safe side with regard to your health and wellbeing. Continue reading