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Washing the Head during Ghusl



Nasihah (Advice): Muslims are like a single body

Sayyiduna Nu’man Bin Bashir Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Muslims are like a single body; if the eye is sore, the whole body aches, and if the head aches, the whole body aches. (Al-Mu’jamul Kabir)


Question and Answer:

  1. My wife cannot wash her head during Ghusl. If she washes her head, she will have a migraine headache. What does she do?

(Question published as received) 

  1. It is compulsory to wash the entire head during Ghusl for males and females. However, if the washing of the head during Ghusl is detrimental to the health of a female or there is fear of aggravating her illness, then it will be permissible for a female to make Masah of the head instead.

Note: If there is NO detriment to health or aggravation to illness, it will be compulsory to wash the entire head. In such a case, making Masah will not suffice. (Masaail Rifaat Qaasimi 1/144/145)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

(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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