[Q-ID0112] Praying Salah wearing perfumes containing Alcohol denat

QUESTION:

I have a question which I can see is very controversial between the Ummah. What is the real Hanafi ruling on spraying perfume that contains Alcohol (such as Alcohol Denat)? Will our Wudu and Salah be accepted with it on our body or clothes?

ANSWER:

It will be allowed to offer Salah and make wudu with perfumes containing alcohol over the body.

In today’s day and age, the use of alcoholic medicines and sprays have become so common that not only the general public but even the Scholars are using them due to the need and because there is no other option available. This condition in Fiqh is called ‘Umoom-e-Balwa’, and Umoom-e-Balwa is one of the factors used to dilute the Islamic Law.

Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (رحمة الله عليه) writes, “Umoom-e-Balwa is, by Islamic rule, a factor to dilute the rule.”

[Fatawa Ridawiyyah vol 25, page 82]

However, we would still ask the people to avoid these things, if possible.

Allah knows best.

Answered by Mawlana Mohammed Kashif

Also see:

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