Ihraam – Shower? (Hadith No. 1561)
Hadith no. 1560 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):
A man was crushed to death by his she-camel and was brought to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who said, “Give him a bath and shroud him, but do not cover his head, and do not bring any perfume near to him, as he will be resurrected reciting Talbiya.”
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Hunain:
Abdullah bin Al-Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) and Al-Miswar bin Makhrama (radiallaahu `anhu) differed at Al-Abwa’; Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) said that a Muhrim could wash his head; while Al-Miswar (radiallaahu `anhu) maintained that he should not do so. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) sent me to Abu Aiyub Al-Ansari (radiallaahu `anhu) and I found him bathing between the two wooden posts (of the well) and was screened with a sheet of cloth. I greeted him and he asked who I was. I replied, “I am ‘Abdullah bin Hunain and I have been sent to you by Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) to ask you how Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to wash his head while in the state of lhram.” Abu Aiyub Al-Ansari (radiallaahu `anhu) caught hold of the sheet of cloth and lowered it till his head appeared before me, and then told somebody to pour water on his head. He poured water on his head, and he (Abu Aiyub) rubbed his head with his hands by bringing them from back to front and from front to back and said, “I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) doing like this.”
Hence proven, that a Muhrim may take a shower and wash his hair as well.
It is permissible for the Muslim to wash his entire body in order to cool down if it is hot. This will give him more energy in order to perform this act of worship. He should take care when washing so that nothing falls from his hair or skin.
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas, Fataawa al-Lajnah, 11/184
P.S. it’s interesting to know the way Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to wash his hair – moving his hands front to back and then back to front. Unknown Sunnah, eh?
The Friday Ghusl (Hadith No. 817)
Volume 1, Book 12, Number 817:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet said, “Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty.”
Fuqahaa’ (experts in Islamic jurisprudence) say it’s mustahabb (recommended) to do ghusl on Fridays.
As for the question about women’s doing ghusl on Fridays, read this.
Do read about some other virtues of Friday. :)
Hilab/Scent (Hadith No. 258)
Volume 1, Book 5, Number 258:
Whenever the Prophet took the bath of Janaba (sexual relation or wet dream) he asked for the Hilab or some other scent. He used to take it in his hand, rub it first over the right side of his head and then over the left and then rub the middle of his head with both hands.
So we have another Sunnah. Use scented shampoos/leave-on conditioners. Or, use a scent after taking shower. Just smell good, okay? :)
‘Faraq’ (Hadith No. 250)
The Prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot called ‘Faraq’.
Points to notice:
- No discrimination whatsoever. Husband can use the left-overs of his wife and vice versa.
- One pot was enough for two people to take a bath. What excellent water-savers they were!
- It somehow implies the spouses taking a bath/shower together.
- Taking a bath from a tub/bucket/pot full of water is a Sunnah. Shower can be used too, of course.
Bath Method#2 (Hadith No. 249)
This is another way to take shower after Janaba (sexual intercourse). The difference between methods #1 and #2 is washing the feet at different steps. You’ll see.. (Get method#1 here.)
(the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle performed ablution like that for the prayer but did not wash his feet. He washed off the discharge from his private parts and then poured water over his body. He withdrew his feet from that place (the place where he took the bath) and then washed them. And that was his way of taking the bath of Janaba.
You can do it either way. Only following the steps while taking a shower can bring you reward. How easy is that? :)