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Ablution is the act of washing oneself, particularly for the purpose of and in preparation for ritual. In the Islamic case, Ablution is one of the prerequisites for three of the Five Pillars of Islam, namely prayer (salah), pilgrimage (Hajj), and the testimony of faith (Shahadah).
Ghusl ("full ablution") refers to the full ablution required in Islam for various rituals and prayers; mandatory for any adult Muslim after having sexual intercourse, any sexual discharge (e.g. of semen), completion of the menstrual cycle, giving birth, and death by natural causes.
Tayammum ("dry ablution") is the act of dry ablution using sand or dust, which may be performed in place of wudu or ghusl if no clean water is readily available.
The following verse provides an overview of each of the three main Ablution rituals in Islam:
- "And voluptuous women of equal age;" - Quran 78:33
- Shaykh Gibril Haddad, "Sex with slaves and women's rights", Living Islam, June 2, 2003 (archived), http://mac.abc.se/home/onesr/f/Sex_w.slaves.a.women.html.