Using soaps, creams with alcohol


  1. Alcohol is used in most creams, soaps and perfumes. Are we allowed to use them? What is the ruling regarding the use if ethnol and synthetic ethnol?
  2. Can we then wear perfume to the mosque? Once sprayed the alcohol vanishes.
  3. In Hadith it says khamr that is made out of grapes and dates is haram. What about barley?



  1. Our ulama have allowed it in soaps. For external purposes it is permissible.
  2. Yes.
  3. Any intoxicant that is prepared from barley is also impermissible.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)