Doubts during Fard ghusl, when to take it and normal showering
  • I take a fard ghusl right after menstruation / period is over about six to seven days after it starts by fulfilling the required fard and sunnah parts (not mentioning it here) and I usually shower on other days ( I shower on a daily basis) but don’t do the fard parts like washing mouth, gargling and sniffing water into and out of the nose – will this be valid for prayer? Also does one have to do fard ghusl every time one has doubts whether or not they’ve seen a wet / erotic dream and not finding any impurity or wetness in pants?
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  • The bottom line is that if one is sure that what one sees is not sperm then one does not have to do anything provided that no wet dream was seen. If one is really not sure what it is at all then one must perform the bath as the Hanafi school emphasises extreme caution in this issue, and rightly so for he that has no purification has no prayer and he that has no prayer has nothing.

    What does it mean to be sure? Rather, as in many places in the shariah, one has to return to one''s common sense and one''s observation based on what one is reasonably sure of (ghalaba al-Dhann). If one awakes and there is no sizeable stain on one''s clothing, nor on one''s body, neither did one see a dream and one found nothing but a slight speck of dampness in one''s clothing, one can safely assume that what one has found is not sperm but rather preejaculate (madhi) or dampness.

    Fards in Ghusl.

    There are three fards in Ghusl.

    1) To wash mouth with water as it should reach all the parts internally. From lips to the base of throat. If not fasting gargle. If there is any thing stuck in between teeth such as a piece of meat, paan, beetle nut; it should be removed before Ghusl or the Ghusl will not be completed.
    2) To wash inside of nose with water. Water should be pulled hard enough all the way to the soft part of the base of nose. If there is any dry phlegm (hard ratoobat) inside the nose it must be cleaned and if a the nose is pierced water should be forced into the hole or the Ghusl will not be completed.
    3) To wash the body once from head till the bottom of feet. The water must pour over body. Every strand (hair) and skin of the body must get wet. Even if a single strand or a small portion of skin is not washed the Ghusl will not be completed.

    Sunnats in Ghusl.

    1) To perform a ghusl in the sunnat, we must first wash both of our hands and privates parts even if they may be clean, then if there any najasat (impurity) on our body, we must wash it away.
    2) We must perform a complete ablution.
    3) While washing our face we must intend to perform a ghusl.
    4) If water will not accumulate under our feet; we must wash our feet, too.
    5) We must pour water on our entire body three times. When you do this, we must pour it on our head three times first, then on our right shoulder three times and then on the left shoulder three times. Each time the part on which we pour water must become completely wet. We must also rub it gently, during the first pouring.
    6) In a ghusl, it is permissible to pour the water on the limb so as to make it flow onto another limb, which, in this case, will be cleaned, too. For in a ghusl the whole body is counted as a one limb. If in performing an ablution the water poured on one limb moistens another limb, the second limb will not be considered to have been washed.
    7) When a ghusl is completed it is makruh (things which our Prophet did not like) to perform an ablution. But it will become necessary to perform an ablution again if it is broken while making a ghusl.

    If fards of ghusl or sunnah of ghusl are not performed than your ghusl in not valid.

    You should perform fard ghusl only once if you know when something is visible.
  • When it's mentioned above " If fards of ghusl or sunnah of ghusl are not performed than your ghusl in not valid"- both fard and sunnah parts have to fulfilled and does the sunnah part have to done in order? I usually make the intention at the start of the bath/shower, will this be valid? While doing wudu, there is the state of being undressed - is this acceptable?
  • Yes both the fard and sunnah have to be fulfilled or else ghusl is not accepted.
    Yes you can make niyyah in the beginning.
    Yes you should perform wudhu and then ghusl even if your in the state of undressed.
    The sunnah should be done in order but it doesnt have to be atleast the sunnah is fulfilled.
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