Ghusl Instead of Wudhu
Question :

I usually prefer to be clean before I pray. Is it possible for me to perform the ghusl of janaba instead of wudhu even when I am not in the state of janaba before I offer my prayers?

Answer :

The ghusls are ordained by the Sharia for particular causes and circumstances. If they are not present, then the ghusl is not legislated. For example, the ghusl of janaba is only for those in the state of janaba, and the ghusl of Friday is only related to Friday. In order to be clean for prayers, a shower or bath can be taken, but this will not be sufficient to enter the prayer. Wudhu will be necessary before prayers.

The Right Side of the Body
Question :

Is it obligatory to wash the right side of the body before the left side in ghusl?

Answer :

No, it is not necessary.

How to Perform the Ghusl
Question :

How does one perform Ghusl?

Answer :

While you form the intention of ghusl, with the aim of seeking closeness to Almighty Allah, one should wash his whole body but should start by pouring water over the head, and then wash the rest of the body. You can also perform ghusl by placing your entire body under water at once while having the said intention.

Ghusl Irtimasi
Question :

During ghusl by way of submergence (irtimasi), is it permissible to wear shorts or clothing in general?

Answer :

It is correct if the water reaches the skin.

Washing Once
Question :

Is it sufficient in ghusl to wash the head and then the body once only, or do we need to wash thrice?

Answer :

It is sufficient to wash once, starting from the head.

Ghusl Under the Shower
Question :

Can we perform ghusl of janaba under a shower by allowing water to fall on the head and neck, then on the right side of the body and then on the left side?

Answer :

Yes, performing ghusl in this way is correct, but one must ensure that the water reaches all parts of the body.

Water Reaching the Scalp
Question :

Does water have to reach my scalp during ghusl?

Answer :

Yes, the water has to reach all the skin, including the skin under the hair of the head and body.

Ghusl by Submergence
Question :

Is it permissible during ghusl to fill up the bathtub and to just dip one's whole body into it?

Answer :

Yes, performing the ghusl in a bathtub by submerging the entire body into water is correct.

Ghusl Irtimasi
Question :

Is the ghusl by way of submergence (irtimasi) correct if one intends to perform it, and cover his entire body gradually?

Answer :

His ghusl is not correct. It is correct to intend to perform it after he dips his body entirely under water.