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ghusl

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡuːs(ə)l
 
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Definition of ghusl in English:

noun

[mass noun]
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Arabic ġusl 'washing', from ġasala 'to wash'.

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