during ghusl after washing my head and neck, I stepped out of the water and made the niyyah of washing the rest of my body. I washed my right side but mistakenly stepped out of the water again and made the niyyah of washing my left side. Did I cause my ghusl to be invalid?
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بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
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From the Jurisprudence Perspective:
Ruling 360. In sequential ghusl, one must – based on obligatory precaution – first wash with the intention of ghusl the entire head and neck and then the entire body; and it is better to first wash the right side of the body, then the left. In the event that one intentionally or due to being negligent in learning the laws of ghusl does not wash the entire head and neck before washing the body, then based on obligatory precaution his ghusl is invalid. Furthermore, based on obligatory precaution, when performing ghusl, it is not sufficient to make the intention of ghusl when moving the head, neck, or body while they are already under the flow of water; rather, the part that one wants to perform ghusl on – in the event that it is already under the flow of water – must be taken out from under the flow of water and then washed with the intention of ghusl.
Ruling 361. In case one washes his body before his head and neck, it is not necessary for him to repeat the ghusl; rather, in the event that one washes his body again, his ghusl will be valid.
(and Allah(awj) Knows best)
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