Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 5, Hajj and ‘Umrah, Fiqh 5.031C.

Section : Etiquette of Ihram, Cleanliness.

This means clipping one’s fingernails, trimming the moustache, shaving off the hair from under the armpits, shaving the pubic hair, making an ablution or preferably taking a complete bath, and in the case of men, to comb their beard and hair.

Ibn ‘Umar said: “It is sunnah for a pilgrim to take a complete bath before entering the state of ihram or before entering Makkah.” This is reported by Al-Bazzar, Ad-Daraqutni, Al-Hakim, who considers it a sound hadith.

It is reported from Ibn ‘Abbas that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “A woman in the state of confinement after childbirth and one in her menstruation period must take a complete bath, declare her ihram, and perform all the rites except circumambulation around the Ka’bah, which she may perform after she is in a state of purification.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and Tirmizhi who considers this hadith sound)