go easy on the water, ghusal need not be 7 times

Q:
Assalam alikum our Sheikh, may Allah protect you and lighten you from the core and to the outside.
My first question is: Is there a specific way to preform Ghussul (taking a shower) for women after their menses? Or can women just take a shower (already done the intention) and then with water only 7 times? I really need your input as you can tell I don’t really know, I’ve been doing what the culture tells me, but it isn’t always valid.
Does Ghussul differ from adult relations Ghussul and menses Ghussul?

Also, if a woman had taken a shower to purify herself from menses, she made the intention, and did the 7 times Ghussul, but didn’t preform the Wudu at the end, does that validates her Ghussul? what if she had prayed already? Does she have to do the whole Ghussul again?
I would appreciate Imam Shafiee’s input for my questions.

Time: Thursday November 11, 2010 at 8:04 am
A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
Ameen to your duas, wishing you and your family the same. Your dua seems more unique than others, May Allah (SWT) accept your dua for all, ameen.
*One time minimum with every pore being washed over once. Such a washing would also constitute as part fard ghusal (if needed).
*Three times would also constitute sunnah for those that have extra water.
*Hanafee need not make intention for whudhu at the time of making whudu. Intention for Ahnaf gains them greater virtue. They should practice the making of intention for added reward. Shafee would have to make intention for whudhu for it to go through.
*To wash 7 times only becomes necessary if each prior washing has failed in removing an impurity (and one knows that additional washing is imperative in its removal.)! Once is fard if all the impurities can be removed, three times would be sunnah without being excessive as wastage goes — going beyond would depend on the situation. For the average person, three washings would be ample.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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2 responses to “go easy on the water, ghusal need not be 7 times

  1. Muhsina insha'Allah

    Assalamu alikum Imam..
    So basically the menses Ghussul is just taking a shower to remove the impurity, and then the three water pores, then we’re done?, if so, then that’s much easier than what culturally we’ve been doing.
    So, no need for a wudu when we’re done showering to finish up the Ghussul? and is there a required Dua for the Ghussul process?

    Jazakum Allah so much khair Imam. Your answers are extremely beneficial Alhamdu lillah.

    • Q: Assalamu alikum Imam..
      So basically the menses Ghussul is just taking a shower to remove the impurity, and then the three water pores, then we’re done?, if so, then that’s much easier than what culturally we’ve been doing.
      So, no need for a wudu when we’re done showering to finish up the Ghussul? and is there a required Dua for the Ghussul process?
      Jazakum Allah so much khair Imam. Your answers are extremely beneficial Alhamdu lillah.
      A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
      A shafee response makes the matter a little complex for the average reader. (so Lets us go slow.)
      Point 1) If a shafee woman has a bath and as part of the bath she made the intention for ghusal, the
      ghusal alone goes through and removes hades-e- Akbar and hades-e-asaghar (major and minor impurity.)
      Point 2) Can you perform salah with this fresh new bath? One option would be that in order to perform salah with this new bath, first wash off all impurities, thereafter make an intention for ghusal. If you made the intention before washing of the impurity, the impurity would be removed; however, a whudhu would thereafter be essential. Make sure you do not touch your private area once impurities are washed off which had been followed by the niyah. Doing so would negate the whudhu portion, thus calling for you to make a fresh whudhu again or at a later point in time even the ghusal is complete.
      Dua:

      A fixed dua does not exist. However, once whudhu is complete and you are out of the bathroom area, one can read the following which is from Hadith:
      أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله
      رب اجعلني من التوابين واجعلني من المتطهرين
      Allah Certainly knows Best.