The Ghusl (Masnoon sequence)


  • A bench, stand or platform on which the Ghusl will be carried out must be washed, cleaned and fumigated with Lobaan or any other Pure aromatic, three, five or seven times.
  • During GHUSL, it is PERMISSIBLE to place the body in one of the following positions :


However, it is preferable to place the body with the FACE towards the QIBLAH as NABI (Sallallaahu alaihi wa Sallam) has mentioned that the Ka’ba is the Qibla of both, the living and the dead.


  • NO HAIR of the head, beard or any other part of the body must be cut, shaved, trimmed or combed. The nails tall should NOT be clipped. Circumcision is also NOT permissible. All rings, jewelry, wigs etc., should be removed. When the false teeth of the dead person can easily be removed, they should preferably be taken out.
  • Thereafter the body should be put on the stand, with the SATR (private part) covered. (The male’s Satr from the navel to the knees, and the female’s from above the breast to the ankles.)
  • The stomach should be gently massaged, then both the Istinja places should be washed with mittens on, without looking at the private parts.
  • The nostrils, ears and mouth should be closed with cotton wool to prevent water from entering the body during the Ghusl.
  • If the deceased has reached the age of puberty, and on whom Salaah was farz, he must be given the Wudhu which is similar to that of Salaah, with the exception of GARGLING and putting water into the NOSTRILS. The proper sequence should be to wash :
    1. The FACE.
    2. ARMS to the ELBOWS.
    3. MASAH of the HEAD and
    4. FEET up to the ANKLES.
  • If the dead person is in the state of JANAABAT, HAIZ or NIFAAS, (a state in which GHUSL is WAAJIB on him/her), then the mouth HAS TO be gargled and nostrils be made wet. This can be done with a little bit of cotton wool.
  • After Wudhu, the head and beard should first be washed with soap or any other cleaning agent. If these are not readily available, pure clean water will suffice. The temperature of the water must be that which a living person normally uses when bathing.
  • Thereafter the body should be tilted onto its left side to allow the right side to be washed first. Warm water should now be poured over the body from head to the toes once, and the body should be washed with soap until the water has reached the bottom, (left side). The body should now be washed again twice by pouring water from head to toe. The body should then be turned onto it’s right side and the left side bathed similarly.
  • Thereafter the body should be lifted slightly to a sitting position, and the stomach be gently massage with a downward stroke. Whatever comes out of the body should be washed away. The WUDHU and GHUSL need NOT be REPEATED in case any impurity does come out.
  • The body should again be turned onto its left side and camphor water poured over it from head to toe three times.
  • All the cotton wool should now removed from the mouth, ears and nose.
  • With this, the Ghusl is complete and the body could be wiped with a towel or a piece of material. The SATR must be kept covered. The FIRST Tehband will be wet due to the Ghusl. It should thus be changed for a second one. Care should be taken that while doing this the SATR is NOT exposed.
  • The body should then be wrapped in a sheet and carried carefully onto the Kafan.