Method Of Bathing After Sexual Intimacy

Question

I need to know the method of bathing after having sex, including the dua's to be recited


Answer

The shari' ah requires a Muslim to take bath after sexual intercourse but it has not prescribed a set procedure. The related Qur'anic directive states that the husband and wife should wash their bodies thoroughly. Now every one would act upon this directive according to the application they deem appropriate and so did the Prophet (sws) whose example is the only example that should be followed in religious matters. Therefore, Muslims try to follow his example in this regard which includes:

a) performing the wudu (except for washing the feet

b) washing the body thoroughly

The Prophet (sws) applied available means to clean his body. we can also use anything to help us wash the body (for example soups and shampoos etc

Following is how the Prophet (sws) bathed after sexual intimacy:

'A'ishah (rta) reports that when the Prophet (sws) would have the ceremonial bath after janabah, he would first wash both hands. Then he would clean his genital area by the left hand by pouring water on it by the right one. Then he would do wudu the same way as wudu is done for the prayer. He would then take some water and insert his fingers in his hair until the water reached the skin. He would then pour three handfuls of water on his head. Then he would drench all his body with water and then wash both feet. ( Muslim, No: 316)

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