Islam and the Quran

Does taking ghusl suffice to perform the prayers – salat?

Question: Does taking ghusl suffice to perform the prayers - salat? Should we also take wudu following the ghusl?

The verse in which wudu -ablution- and ghusl -major ablution- are described is as follows:

“O you who believe! When you rise to perform prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not desire to put on you any difficulty, but He wishes to purify you that you may be grateful.” (Al-Ma’ida/ The Feast 5:6)

According to this verse, ones who are junub can only perform prayer (salat) when they take ghusl (major ablution). Therefore one can perform the prayer with ghusl and without taking wudu, as long as no reason arises to break the wudu. Ghusl suffices for it.

Narrated Aisha (r.a.) :
“The Messenger of Allah (saw) would perform Ghusl and two rakaat (sunnah) and the fajr prayer. I do not remember him renewing wudu after performing Ghusl.” (Abu Dawood, Lustration, 98)


Narrated Aisha (r.a.) :
“The Messenger of Allah (saw) would not perform Wudu after Ghusl.” (Hasan) (Tirmidhi, Lustration, 79; Nasai, Lustration, 160; Ibn Majah, Lustration, 96; Ahmed b. Hanbal, 6/68; 192)

After writing this narration Tirmidhi adds: “This is the opinion of sahaba and most of the scholars. They say that wudu is not necessary after Ghusl.”

According to a narration by Abdullah Ibn Omar, The Messenger of Allah had replied a question about performing wudu after ghusl :”Which ablution can be better than Ghusl?” (Hakim, Mustadrak, Lustration, hadith no: 103 (548)

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