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Ghusl al-Hayd

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Ghusl al-ḥayḍ (Arabic: غسل الحيض) (ritual bathing after menstruation) is one of the obligatory ghusls, which women must perform after their monthly period. The way of doing this ghusl is no different from other ghusls, except for intention. According to most marja's one cannot perform prayer with this ghusl.

Time of Compulsion

Like ghusl al-janaba, ghusl al-hayd is recommended in normal conditions. However, it becomes obligatory in the following cases:

How to Perform

Like other ghusls, ghusl al-hayd is performed in two ways: tartibi (sequential) and irtimasi (by immersion). It only differs from other ghusls in niyya (intention).

Sexual Intercourse before Ghusl

Having sexual intercourse with wife after the menstruation and before ghusl al-hayd is permissible; but it is makruh (reprehensible).

Sufficing for Prayer

According to most marja's, ghusl al-hayd does not suffice for performing prayer; thus, one must make wudu in addition to ghusl al-hayd for performing prayer.


  • The material for this article is mainly taken from غسل حیض in Farsi Wikishia.