Q&A – Follow up on Ghusl

A brother asked the follow up question :


1. If a person were to take a shower and make the niyah for ghusl, would it be sufficient. In other words, is a shower sufficient as ghusl?

2. if it is, and once the shower is done, does the person then have wudhu? Can they make salaah, touch the mushaf etc? or do they need to make wudhu in the shower as well?




The answer to your question is as follows:
1. According to Imaam Shafi (RA) the 2 Faraaidh of ghusl are niyyah and to ensure that the whole body gets washed, so by taking a shower if your whole boby including the roots of the hair gets washed, then ghusl is complete.

2. Like we have mentioned with regards to ghusl,niyyah is also compulsory for wudhu. In addition Imaam Shafi(RA)also stipulates tarteeb(sequence), so if the shower did include a seperate niyyah for wudhu aswell as the tarteeb, then wudhu is not made.



  1. StudentStudent10-13-2011

    the answer provided is not 100% right.

    If one is in both a state of minor and major ritual impurity, then a ghusl suffices to lift both.
    It should be noted that, if one’s ablution is nullified (like by touching the private parts) while making ghusl, then he may complete the ghusl (it is valid). However, one must still perform ablution afterwards.

    also if one were to be swimming in a lake or natural water pool & he covers his whole body in the water & makes the niyyah for wudhu then tarteeb is not necessary because the whole body is being washed at the same time.

  2. StudentStudent10-24-2011

    Nihayat al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 230; Tuhfat al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 286
    Mughni al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 224

    check these kitaabs for the shaf’i view on this.

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