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Regarding gusl

Last updated: 27th November 2006
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27th November 2006

What is the exact way to perform a gusl. Is it necessary to cover yourself at least from above the naval to below the knees while performing the gusl even if you are in total privacy where no one can see u? and as it is said that husband and wife can perform the gusl together and it is permissible if they see each others private parts while doing so as long as they do it in complete privacy where no third person can see them, does it mean that they can perform the gusl without a single cloth on them? plz guide

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Answer last updated on:
16th September 2007
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Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

In Muslim, Chapter 16: It Is Forbidden To See The Private Parts Of Someone Else

'Abd al-Rahman, the son of Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, reported from his father: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: A man should not see the private parts of another man, and a woman should not see the private parts of another woman, and a man should not lie with another man under one covering, and a woman should not lie with another woman under one covering. (Book 003, Number 0667)

It is permissible for husband and wife to see each otherís private parts whilst bathing. However, It is disliked and more appropriate not to do that, because it was not confirmed that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to do it. The fact that he did not do it, is from his best manners as he was bashful, so you should follow the example of the Prophet by not looking at the private parts, and this is more appropriate. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has mentioned, 'Modesty is part of Imaan (faith).' It is, thus, necessary to behave and exercise in a modest manner.

It is permissible for the Muslim to make Ghusl naked in a bathroom or in any place where nobody else could see him, but better to cover oneself.

It is mentioned in Muslim, Chapter 17: It Is Permissible To Take A Bath Naked In Complete Privacy.

Amongst the traditions narrated from Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) on the authority of Abu Huraira, the one is that Banu Isra'il used to take a bath naked, and they looked at the private parts of one another. Moses (peace be upon him), however, took a bath alone (in privacy) ; and they said (tauntingly): By Allah, nothing prohibits Moses to take a bath along with us, but sacrotal hernia. He (Moses) once went for a bath and placed his clothes on a stone and the stone moved on with his clothes. Moses ran after it saying: 0 stone, my clothes, 0 stone, my clothes, and Banu Isra'il had the chance to see the private parts of Moses, and said: By Allah, Moses does not suffer from any ailment. The stone then stopped, till Moses had been seen by them, and he then took hold of his clothes and struck the stone. Abu Huraira said: By Allah, there are the marks of six or seven strokes made by Moses on the stone. (Muslim, Book 003, Number 0669)

Also, It is not better to look at one's own private parts directly without a necessity.

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.