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Q: I would like to ask you a question concerning the Ghusl of Ihram since I am going to perform the duty of Hajj for the first time in my life. I am afraid of performing Ghusl in Al-Miqat due to the great number of pilgrims there, where hot water is often used and there remains only cold water, knowing that I am very sensitive towards cold water, and even in summer I feel cold and get sick. Is there any problem in performing Ghusl at my home in Bahrain then renewing the Ghusl by wudu’ only, knowing that my trip to Mecca will last only one day by airplane? For that reason, is it permissible for me to observe Ghusl in my home in Bahrain and not in Al-Miqat? 

A: The Ghusl of Ihram is voluntary and not obligatory. Therefore, it is permissible for you not to perform it, especially if it might cause harm to you. It is also permissible for you to observe Ghusl at home to have the reward of the recommendable act. If after the Ghusl you make minor Hadath, such as urinating or breaking wind before arriving to the place of Ihram, you should renew your Ghusl as a matter of observing the recommendable act, and thus you will not benefit from the Ghusl you performed at home. If you did not make any Hadath till performing the Ihram, your Ghusl will be rendered valid.