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Should you do Ghusl After Your Period?

There are a number of reasons that women may need to perform Ghusl. As it is performed as a right of purification it is required after any unclean substances have left your body. Women often ask should you do Ghusl after your period? and the answer is yes. This means that women are required to perform Ghusl after their monthly period. Once they have completed Ghusl after menstruation they will then be considered by Islam to be returned to a state of purity. In Islam a women is not allowed to pray when she is on her period so it is very important that she performs Ghusl in order to be able to worship properly again.

Of course although women cannot pray or enter a mosque during their period it should not in any other way prevent them from living their normal day to day lives.

How to do ghusl after your period

So how should you perform Ghusl after your period? Firstly you need to make sure that you have definitely finished menstruating.  It is recommended that women check that they have totally stopped bleeding before performing Ghusl. You should check this by wiping your vaginal area and noting if the cloth is clean. If it is red or brown then you are not yet ready to perform Ghusl.

Once you are confident that your period has finished you can then begin Ghusl. As usual with any ablution you will need to make sure that the water comes from a clean source and the most usual way of doing this is using tap water. A shower or bath is therefore the ideal place to perform Ghusl after your period.

There are two forms of ghusl:
Acceptable form: in the sense that if a person only does ghusl in this manner, his ghusl is valid and he becomes purified from major impurity. But if a person doesnt perform this kind of ghusl properly, his ghusl is not valid.

Complete and preferred form: this is the type which it is mustahabb to do but is not obligatory.
The complete form, it is as follows

1.     Form the intention in the heart to purify oneself from major impurity: janaabah (impurity following sexual discharge), menses or nifaas (postpartum bleeding).

2.     Then say Bismillah and wash the hands three times, then wash any dirt from the private part.

3.     Then do wudoo’ as for prayer, a complete wudoo’.

4.     Then pour water over the head three times, and rub the hair so that the water reaches the roots of the hair.

5.     Then wash the body, making sure that the water reaches all parts, starting with the right side of the body and then the left, and rubbing it with the hands so that the water reaches the entire body.


The importance of performing Ghusl after your period

Once you know how to do Ghusl after your period it will become a regular part of your life. Ghusl is a really important part of every Muslim women’s life and, once you have performed it after menstruation has ceased, it will enable to you to return to being able to pray and to visit your mosque.

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