Bathing (Ghusl )

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding bathing (Ghusl). According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows:

Question 1: How is a Tartibi (sequential) ghusl done?

Answer: In this method of ghusl, a person should first make a niyyat for Ghusl. Thereafter one should first wash one’s head and neck, and thereafter the remaining parts of one’s body. It is better that one washes the right part of the body first and then the left part.

Question 2: Is it necessary to clean the body from impurities before performing an obligatory Ghusl?

Answer: It is not necessary that the entire body of a person should be clean before Irtimasi and Tartibi Ghusl. So, if the body becomes clean while diving in water or pouring water over one’s body with the intention of the Ghusl, the Ghusl will be in order.

Question 3: If a person who performs Ghusl with the niyyat of Wajib after having ascertained that the time of Namaz had set in, comes to know after performing the bath that it was performed before the time for prayers had set in, in such a case, is the bath correct?

Answer: The bath is correct and valid.

Question 4: If I forget to do ghusl-e-janabat and then after four days, I remember that I did not performed ghusl-e-janabat. In this case, what is my obligation? Do I have to do ghusl and give the qaza of the prayers that I offered?

Answer: You must perform Ghusl and fulfill the qaza of your prayers.

Question 5: If a person is doing Ghusl-e-Janabat Irtimasi, must he say “I perform Ghusl-e-Janabat Irtimasi” in his Niyah? If not, is, saying “I perform Ghusl-e-Janabat” enough?

Answer: It is sufficient to intend getting nearness to Allah by getting Taharah. {Meaning, it is not necessary to mention your intention verbally. To pass it through your mind that you perform Ghusl-e Janabat is sufficient.

Question 6: Can a person Perform Ghusl-e-Irtimasi instead of Ghusl-e-Tartibi, in order to save time, even if he has enough time to perform the latter?

Answer: There is no objection in it.


Source: Ayatollah Sistani


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