Delaying taking Ghusl until dawn

Q 2: If someone becomes Junub (in a state of post-sexual ritual impurity) during the night, will it be permissible for him to delay performing Ghusl (full ritual bath) until the dawn?

A: If someone becomes Junub during the night, it is permissible for him to sleep without performing Ghusl. There is nothing wrong with this. It becomes necessary for him to take Ghusl when the time of Fajr (Dawn) Prayer is due. The Salah (Prayer) is not valid until major and minor ritual impurities are removed. However, it is Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) to perform Wudu' (ablution) before sleeping to lighten the major state of Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge). `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said that whenever the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) wanted to sleep while he was Junub, he would wash his private parts and perform Wudu' in the same manner (Part No. 4; Page No. 162) as that performed for Salah. (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) It is also related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) that `Umar ibn Al-Khattab asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying, 'Is one of us permitted to sleep while he is Junub?' He (peace be upon him) said, 'Yes, if he performs Wudu', he can sleep while he is Junub.' But if one takes Ghusl before sleeping, this is preferable and more perfect in order to be in a state of complete Taharah (ritual purification).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.