Facing the Qiblah while performing Ghusl
Fatwa No: 137132

  • Fatwa Date:22-6-2010 - Rajab 11, 1431
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some people told me not to take bath facing to kaaba. is it true??? please clear me in the light of sunnah.


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The jurists of the Hanafi School of jurisprudence stated that facing the Qiblah (the direction of the Ka’bah) is not one of the etiquettes of Ghusl (ritual bath). The book “Durar Al-Hukkaam” authored by Mulla Khusru  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him from the Hanafi school of jurisprudence, reads: “The etiquettes of Ghusl are the same as the etiquettes of ablution with the exception of facing the Qiblah, as having Ghusl is done in general while uncovering one’s ‘Awrah, whereas this is not the case when performing ablution.”

However, some other jurists, like the jurists of the Shaafi’i School of jurisprudence, stated that it is a Sunnah to face the Qiblah when performing Ghusl; this is stated by An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him

Allaah Knows best.

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