As Salamu Alaikum,
Is it permissible for Muslims to use both Colognes and perfumes containing alcohol? What are the laws for Salaah pertaining to this topic and also is Cinnamyl alcohol permissible for perfume and cosmetic use in shaa Allah. Jazaak Allah for your response.
Wa Asaikum As Salaam,
With respect to the alcohol used in colognes and perfumes, there are differences among the scholars with regards to its purity and impurity.
Some scholars are of the opinion that it is not the same as ‘khamr’ (intoxicant) or drinkable alcohol which is known to be Haram and impure. Instead, it is one which is distinct from that and is not made to be consumed.
Therefore, according to these scholars, it will not fall under the same law of being Haram and impure as intoxicants. Hence, it will be permissible to use, when it is placed in colognes and perfumes, even if one intends to perform Salaah.
Other scholars hold the opinion that this type of alcohol is treated just like ‘khamr’ (intoxicants) and is also impure. Hence, one must not use it, and it is not permissible to have it on one’s body or clothing when performing Salaah.
Seeing that there are differences of opinion regarding this, the most precautious view is that , though it is permissible to use generally, one should refrain from using such colognes and perfumes (with ethanol alcohol) when intending to perform Salaah.
Cinnamyl alcohol is a natural fragrance compound found in the bark of cinnamon trees and in other trees and leaves. Hence, it is permissible for perfume and cosmetic use.
And Allah Knows best
Mufti Waseem Khan
This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.