While performing Ghusl or Wudu', it is enough to pour water

Q: Would it be acceptable for a person who performs Ghusl (ritual bath) following Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) if he makes the water reach all parts of his body without rubbing it?


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Neither Wudu’ (ablution) nor Ghusl necessitates rubbing the whole body or the parts that must be washed, according to the more correct of the two views held by the scholars. So, it would be sufficient for a person who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity) to make the water reach all parts of their body. In case of performing Wudu’, the water should reach all the parts required to be washed during Wudu’. Yet, while doing Ghusl, the person should wash his private parts and anywhere else that the impurity had reached, perform complete Wudu’, and then pour water over the rest of his body. (Part No. 5; Page No. 324) It should be noted that neither one who is Junub is Najis (impure) nor Janabah is Najasah (impurity). In this regard, it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A believer never becomes Najis (impure).” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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