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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 compulsory ghusls, which women must perform after their monthly period. The way of doing this ghusl is no different from other ghusls, except for niyya (intention). According to most marja's one cannot perform salat with this ghusl.

Time of Compulsion

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

  • In the month of Ramadan, according to the fatwa of most marja's, if the menses stops before fajr (dawn), the ghusl is compulsory before the adhan of fajr prayer; and if she does not perform the ghusl, her fast of that day is void and she must perform its qada.

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 (disliked).

Sufficing for Salat

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


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