Covering and Sitting During Ghusl?
Answered by Faraz Rabbani

1. It is superior to cover one’s minimal nakedness (from navel to knee
here, for both men and women) when performing ghusl or showering, as
there are Prophetic hadiths that establish the recommendedness of this.
(Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah with
Tahtawi). However, this is not obligatory nor blameworthy if left.

2.
It is good to sit while showering–because (1) it would appear that
this is how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) performed
ghusl; (2) it entails uncovering less than standing, and is thus closer
to modesty before one’s Lord.

3. Ghusl entails washing one’s entire body, whether under a shower or otherwise. (Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah)

4. It is sunna to perform wudu before the ghusl but not after it, in the Hanafi school. (Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar)

Please see the following related SunniPath Answers (http://qa.sunnipath.com): 

THE COMPLETE PURIFICATORY BATH (GHUSL) 

The Fiqh of Ghusl

Purification after sexual relations, and the fiqh of ghusl in detail

Jazakum Allah khayr.
And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani
with SunniPath Answers Team

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