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[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
- ‘Muslims have the custom of ghusl, washing of the whole body, recommended, for example, before touching the holy Koran.’
- ‘Have you ever thought where do the poor, living in one room houses or even those residing in congested flats manage to give the dead a decent ghusl?’
- ‘Menstruating or post-partum women have to postpone the Tawaaf till they can perform ghusl.’
- ‘It is related from Aisha that the Prophet would rise in the morning on a fasting day and then would perform ghusl (bathing).’
- ‘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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