Is It Permissible To Pray Salah Whilst Having Applied Hair Loss Medication Which Contains Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohol

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Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


I would like to know if it is permissible to pray Salah whilst I have applied hair loss medication which contains Cetyl and Stearyl alcohol

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Cetyl and Stearyl alcohol are chemical forms of alcohol and are not the actual form of alcohol.

Moulana Khalid Saifullah in “Jadeed Fiqhi Masaail” (p.316 v.1) has categorized such alcohols which are found in perfumes, lotions, and creams to be “Najaasat Khafeefah” (lighter impurity). Thus, if less than a quarter of the hair is covered with it, the salah will be valid.

Only Allah Knows Best

Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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