Taking a ghusl even if ejaculation did not occur

Reference: ‘Ishratun-Nisaa. wa Hill al-Khilaafaat az-Zowjiyyah – Page 54

Question: Is it obligatory for the married couple to take a ghusl after sexual intercourse, even if ejaculation did not occur?

Response: Yes. It is obligatory for them both to take a ghusl, even if ejaculation occurred or not. This is according to the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«If he (the husband) sits amidst her (the wife) four parts, then had intercourse with her, then ghusl becomes obligatory», the authenticity of this hadeeth is agreed upon by both Imaam al-Bukhaaree and Imaam Muslim.

And in Imaam Muslim’s transmission it [additionally] states:

«…and even if he did not ejaculate».

And this [narration] is clear in the obligation of ghusl even without ejaculation, and this is little known to many people, so that which is obligatory is to beware and take heed of this.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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