Pouring water over body more than 3 times in Ghusl
Fatwa No: 223297

Question

Assalaamu alaykum,when bathing ghusl,does the water from the shower have to flow on your rigtht and leftside body three times or it can be done even more than three times,please advice me jazakAllahu

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

In performing Ghusl (ritual bath), one must make water reach all external parts of his body, he must make water reach his scalp and make sure that the water has reached the places which it may not reach. Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “If he washes once and the water reaches all of his head and body, and he did not perform ablution, then this is sufficient for him, after rinsing his mouth and sniffing water into his nostrils, while intending Ghusl and ablution, although he has left what is optional [i.e. the perfect manner of performing Ghusl]: what we have stated here is the manner of sufficient Ghusl.” [End quote]

Therefore, it is not a condition for the validity of Ghusl to wash the right side and left side three times but one has to pour water all over his body whether or not this is achieved by doing so three times, but it is disliked to pour water more than  what is needed, as this is wastefulness which is forbidden. An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in his explanation of Saheeh Muslim: “The scholars agreed that it is forbidden to be wasteful in using water even if one is on the sea shore.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 81405.

Allah Knows best.

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