Friday Bath for Women Who Do Don't Come to Friday Prayer: Recommended?
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Friday Bath for Women Who Don’t Come to Friday Prayer: Recommended?

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Reply Date

Feb 15, 2018

Question

Is it likeable for the woman who doesn't come for Friday prayer to have the Friday bath (Friday Ghusl)?

Mufti

Answer


Friday Bath for Women Who Do Don't Come to Friday Prayer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- It is recommended for men and women coming for Friday prayer to take a bath.

2- However, it isn’t recommended for anyone who isn’t coming for Friday prayer to have a bath.


Answering your question, the General Iftaa’ Department in Jordan, states the following:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The taking of a bath on Friday is compulsory for every male (Muslim) who has attained the age of puberty.” (Al-Bukhari)

Samurah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “It suffices to perform wudu properly for the Friday prayer; but it is better to take a bath.” (At-Tirmithi)

Commenting on the first narration, Ibn Battal said, “The word “compulsory” means that the bath is compulsory in light of Prophetic Sunnah and noble manners.”

Moreover, Al-Shirbini commented on the second narration, reported by Samurah, where he said, “It indicates that the Friday bath is recommended, not mandatory.” (Mughni Al-Muhtajj)
In fact, Friday bath is required from men and women coming for Friday prayer; whereas, `Eid bath is required from everyone, whether they are coming to `Eid prayer or not.

An-Nawawi (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Friday bath is recommended, not mandatory. It is recommended for anyone coming for Friday prayer: men, women, children, travelers, salves, etc., as concluded from the apparent meaning of the narration reported by Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them), and since the aim is achieving cleanliness, which concerns everybody.” (Al-Majmu`)
However, it isn’t recommended for anyone who isn’t coming for Friday prayer to have a bath since Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Men and women coming for the Friday prayer should take a bath, but those who aren’t, shouldn’t.” (Al-Baihaqi)
“It is recommended for anyone coming for Friday prayer to take a bath, even if that prayer isn’t incumbent upon them, such as women and children, based on the narration: “Anyone of you coming for the Friday prayer should take the bath” and the narration of Al-Baihaqi, who said, “Anyone of you, men and women, coming for Friday prayer should take the bath, but those who aren’t, shouldn’t.” (Nihayat Al-Muhtaj)

Almighty Allah knows best.

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