Covering and Sitting During Ghusl?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

while performing ghusl is it necessary to cover the private parts ?is it necessary to be seated while doing gusl? can gusl be done using shower pipe ? is it required to perform wudu after wudu?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

1. It is superior to cover one’s minimal nakedness (from navel to knee here, for both men and women) when performing ghusl or showering, as there are Prophetic hadiths that establish the recommendedness of this. (Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah with Tahtawi). However, this is not obligatory nor blameworthy if left.

2. It is good to sit while showering–because (1) it would appear that this is how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) performed ghusl; (2) it entails uncovering less than standing, and is thus closer to modesty before one’s Lord.

3. Ghusl entails washing one’s entire body, whether under a shower or otherwise. (Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah)

4. It is sunna to perform wudu before the ghusl but not after it, in the Hanafi school. (Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar)

Please see the following related SunniPath Answers ( 

The Fiqh of Ghusl
Purification after sexual relations, and the fiqh of ghusl in detail

Jazakum Allah khayr.
And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani
with SunniPath Answers Team

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