Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question:As salamu alaykum,
Is it valid to make a conditional intention when performing a ghusl?
An example would be: “if there is any ritual impurity, then I intend the fard bath. Otherwise I intend the sunna bath.”
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.
An intention isn’t a necessary condition for the validity of the ritual bath (ghusl). However, you should not have misgivings regarding whether or not you need to perform a ritual bath. Say the ta`awwudh, act on the basis of surety, and ignore misgivings.
And Allah alone knows best.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani