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Dry after bath ghusl for umra

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If one happens to perform the ‘ghusl’ or a full-bath of purification before adorning the ‘ehram’, one is at absolute liberty to wipe their wet bodies with a towel if they so wish, or abstain from wiping their bodies if they so wish.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.266 Narrated by Maimuna bint Al Harith

I placed water for the bath (ghusl) of Allah's Messenger (saws) and put a screen. He poured water over his hands, and washed them once or twice. Then he (saws) poured water with his right hand over his left one and washed his private parts. He (saws) rubbed his hand over the earth or the wall and washed it. He (saws) rinsed his mouth and washed his nose by putting water in it and blowing it out. He (saws) washed his face, forearms and head. He (saws) then poured water over his body and then withdrew from that place and washed his feet. I presented him a piece of cloth (towel) and he (saws) pointed with his hand (that he does not want it), and did not take it.


There is indeed evidence in the established and authentic Sunnah that the Messenger of Allah (saws) at times would not use a towel or sheet to wipe himself dry after taking a full bath, and at times he (saws) would use a towel to wipe himself.


If one has ever experienced the intense heat of summer in the lands of Arabia, one would easily be able to comprehend the wisdom behind the Messenger of Allah (saws) allowing himself the luxury of the coolness of the water to remain on his body a little while longer after taking his bath.


But the winters in the desert lands of Arabia are so harsh and cold, that water is best wiped off one’s body as soon as one has taken one’s bath.


Thus the reason or wisdom behind the Messenger of Allah (saws) not taking the towel offered by his wives seems more to do with bearing the extremes of the weather, rather than a religious guidance.


The very fact that the wives of the Messenger of Allah (saws) offered him a towel to dry himself after his bath is evidence of the fact that at times, depending on the weather, the Messenger of Allah (saws) would use a towel to dry himself after his bath, and at times he would abstain.


There is absolutely no restriction or condition in Shariah regarding the usage of a towel to wipe oneself dry after their bath; one may do so if one so wills or wishes, or one may abstain if one so wills or wishes….it is entirely upto the individual.


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