Ghusl ~Bath

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

“In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”

Ghusl is the Arabic term for full body ritual purification. (bath). Ghusl is not only a physical, but also a spiritual cleanser. When a person is in need of ghusl, we will say he is in the state of janabah (major impurity). In this state it is not permissible for a person to do various acts of worships, salaah being one of the most important one. This can leave one feeling uneasy, depressed & restless, especially for women who have been in this state for many days due to menstruation. Moreover after intercourse the body usually feels exhausted. Ghusl eliminates this tiredness & restores ones energy at the same time making them feel relaxed, refreshed & providing spiritual ease & strength.

When a person is in the state of janabah (major impurity), they are also more vulnerable to being affected by jins & shaitaan. Black magic also tends to have a stronger effect on a person when they are in this state as being in this state creates a distance between man & angels. This is why one should not delay their ghusl when it is due.

“The angels (of mercy) do not enter a house in which there is a picture, a dog or a person who is Junub (in the state of major impurity).” [Sunan al-Nasa’ie]

Scholars have further explained this hadith stating that by “Junub” it is not referring to a person who has the intention to perform ghusl as soon as they can, rather a person who is lazy, neglectful & delays ghusl intentionally with no worry for his / her salaah etc.

In the following situations ghusl will become Fardh (compulsory):

  1. After intercourse
  2. After a wet dream
  3. After the ejaculation of semen (whether intercourse takes place or not) for both men & women. This will also be applied when either one of them reaches climax by fondling the private parts.
  4. After the male private part enters the females even if no ejaculation takes place.
  5. After Haidh (menstruation)
  6. After Nifaas (bleeding after childbirth)

~Written by Umm Aa’ishah -Graduate of Ar-Rahman Madrassah (Bolton)