Ritual washing of the whole body, as prescribed by Islamic law to be performed in preparation for prayer and worship, and after sexual activity, childbirth, menstruation, etc. Compare with wudu.
- It is related from Aisha that the Prophet would rise in the morning on a fasting day and then would perform ghusl (bathing).
- Muslims have the custom of ghusl, washing of the whole body, recommended, for example, before touching the holy Koran.
- She may not offer the two rak'ats nafil salat of Ihram until she is fully clean and performed the obligatory ghusl.
Arabic ġusl 'washing', from ġasala 'to wash'.
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