Using shampoo in the ghusl

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

Is it permissible to wash one’s hair with shampoo during one’s purificatory bath (ghusl)? Or does one have to do it after one’s ghusl?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It is plain that whoever applies shampoo or the like to his hair will pour water over it afterwards to remove it. And usually water flows over it many times, such that some of the water would be changed a lot by the shampoo the first time [s. it flowed over it], then the water after that would be changed slightly [s. from the shampoo], and finally some of the last flows would be clear and unchanged. If this is the case, then the ghusl is valid and this is the usual case, plain and clear.

Amjad Rasheed

[Translated by Shazia Ahmad]


السؤال : هل يصح غسلُ الشعر بالشامبو أثناء الغسل ، أم يجب فعلُ ذلك بعد تمام الغسل ؟ الجواب : لا يخفى أن من يضع الشامبو ونحوه على رأسه وقت الغسل أنه يُفيضُ الماءَ عليه بعد ذلك لإزالته ، والغالبُ أن جريات الماء تتابع على ذلك فبعضها يتغير بالشامبو كثيراً وبعضها الآخر يتغير يسيراً وبعضها يجري وهو صافٍ من غير تغير ، فإن كان الأمرُ كذلك صحَّ الغسل وهذا هو الغالب كما لا يخفى .