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Q: What is the correct way to perform the ghusl wajeb (obligatory ceremonial bathing)? 

A: The obligatory or recommendable way of gusl is as follows: Firstly: We restore tahara (purity) of the najis (impure) positions such as the awra (genital organs) by pouring water on it until all the najasa is removed and there is no objection to use the soap before washing. Secondly: We remove all the traces of the materials that stick to the face and the rest of the body parts such as cosmetics and the like. Thirdly: We say the niyyah (intention) by utterance or in mind. Fourthly: We wash the head and neck, including the hair, through putting it under the shower or pouring water on it by a pitcher, and it is not necessary to rub it by the hand. Fifthly: We wash the rest of the body. We are free to start from the right or the left sides; should we so choose, we may pour water on both the parts on one go, or we may wash each side alone, from the neckline till the end of the feet in one go. It is not necessary to rub the body with the hands. It is also not necessary to start from the upper level that is from the shoulders, but it is correct to start from any place, since, the important thing is to wash both sides in any possible way. Besides, it is not obligatory to start with the right side although it is preferable to do so. In this way the gusl is done, and if we want to pray after performing it, we do not have to perform the wdhu (ablution), unless, if we urinate, break wind or do any other act that invalidate wdhu. Also, there is no objection to clean the body with soap before or after performing the ghusl of hayd (menstruation) and there is no need either to separate between them in time or to dry the body before that.

Q: Is it obligatory to perform Ghusul (ceremonial Bathing), after flirtation? 

 A: It is not obligatory to perform Ghusul after flirtation, except if the man ejects the semen.