Burning Loban

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Aslm. I would like to know the basis of burning loban in the masjid. Jzkl.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is Sunnah to burn loban and other fragrances in the Masjid. It is recommended to perfume the Masjid as it is a place of Ibaadah.

Consider the following:

كَانَ ابْنُ عُمَرَ «إِذَا اسْتَجْمَرَ اسْتَجْمَرَ بِالْأَلُوَّةِ، غَيْرَ مُطَرَّاةٍ وَبِكَافُورٍ، يَطْرَحُهُ مَعَ الْأَلُوَّةِ» ثُمَّ قَالَ: «هَكَذَا كَانَ يَسْتَجْمِرُ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ»

Hadhrat Ibn Umar used to burn pure Oud and camphor mixed with Oud as incense. He said “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to burn incense in a like manner. (Muslim)


عَنْ أُمِّ قَيْسٍ بِنْتِ مِحْصَنٍ، قَالَتْ: سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ: ” عَلَيْكُمْ بِهَذَا العُودِ الهِنْدِيِّ، فَإِنَّ فِيهِ سَبْعَةَ أَشْفِيَةٍ: يُسْتَعَطُ بِهِ مِنَ العُذْرَةِ، وَيُلَدُّ بِهِ مِنْ ذَاتِ الجَنْبِ “

Hadhrat Umm Qais Bint Mihsan Radhiyallahu Anha narrates that “I heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) saying, “Hold firm on to Indian incense, for it has healing for seven diseases; it is to be sniffed by one having throat trouble, and to be put into one side of the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy.” (Bukhari)


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mufti Huzaifah Deedat

Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli.

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia

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