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the Glorified says in the Quraan: And if you are ever in need of a bath then purify yourselves well.” (Surah 5, Aayat 6) In another place, He says: “O believers! Approach not prayer while you are intoxicated until you have so much sense that what you say, you understand, nor when you are unclean without taking a bath except when you are traveling”.

(Surah 4: Aayat 43) There are several hadith (traditions) detailing the method of gusl or bathing. Let us examine a few. 1) Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqah (Radiyal- lahu Anha) narrated that whenever Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to perform gusl, to rid im- purity, he would begin by washing hands and then perform wudu, in the manner done for the Namaaz. He would then wet his fingers and run them through the hair, wetting the roots.

 

Thereafter he would pour three handfuls of water on the head and finally wet the entire body. (BukhariSharif, Muslim Sharif) the

2) Hazrat ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu anhuma) narrated through Ummul Mu’mineen Hazrat Maimuna (Radiyal-Allahu Anha) that she presented water to are Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa much Sallam) for the purpose óf bathing and der thereafter drew a curtain. Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) first is washed his hands, then he poured water with his right hand to his left side thereafter he relieved himself. After relieving, he patted the earth (for cleansing), washed his hands, gargled, drew water up to his nose and washed his face dial and hands. Then he poured water on his ever head and body. He moved away from that I Wa spot and washed his feet. When offered di- a towel to dry himself, he refused to accept it but jerked his hands to drain off near as much water as possible. (Bukhari Sharif and Muslim Sharif) wet hair 3) Ummul Mu’mineen Hazrat Umm Salmah (Radiyallahu Anha) said that khari Umm Salim (Radiyallahu Anha) told…

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