Answered by Shaykh Sohail Hanif, SunniPath Academy Teacher
Yes it would be permissible to perform a ghusl by merely immersing oneself in a body of water such as a bath tub. One would of course also have to ensure that one cleans one’s nose and rinses one’s mouth. (Maraqi al-Falah)
I would, however, contend the suggestion that this would be quicker than just having a regular shower. By the time one fills up a bath tub with sufficient water one would have nearly completed one’s shower. It would also be safer to have a shower as the slightest amount of filth (najasa) on one’s body would instantly render the water impure and the ghusl invalid.
And Allah knows best.
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