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Does a woman have to open her plaited hair every time she makes Ghusal?

 

Nasihah (Advice): Making Ghusal with plaited hair

 

Sayyidatuna Ummu Salamah Radhiyallahu Anha reports that she said: “O Rasulullah, I am a woman who has plaited hair on my head; should I undo it for taking a bath, because of major impurity (Janaabah)?” He said: “No, it is enough for you to throw three handfuls of water on your head, then pour water over yourself and you shall be purified.” (Sahih Muslim)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. Does a woman have to open her plaited hair every time she makes Ghusal? It becomes hard to do it all the time with all the chores in the house. Please advise.

 

  1. If a woman’s hair is plaited, she is exempted from unplaiting her hair as long as water reaches the roots of her hair (scalp) during Ghusal. However, if water does not reach the roots of her plaited hair during Ghusal, she will have to unplait her hair and wet her scalp and hair. (Shaami 1/153)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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