Sunnah method of ghusal

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Q: Is this the correct method of ghusul? First do niyyah, then wash hands up to wrist three times, then gargle three times, then wash the private areas. Perform wudhu like normal, pour water over the head three time and recite kalima, then wipe off water from right shoulder three times then left? I have been using this method.


A: The Sunnah method of making ghusal is that one commences by washing the private areas. Thereafter one should make wudhu and then one should wash the entire body thrice. One will commence by pouring the water over the head thrice and thereafter by pouring the water over the right and left shoulder thrice. One should ensure that one gargles the mouth and rinses the nostrils while making wudhu as this is fardh in ghusal.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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