Sunnah method of applying ‘itr/fragrance?

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What is the Sunnah method of applying ‘itr? Is there any Hadith with regard to this?



I have not come across a Hadith which mentions a specific manner that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) applied ‘itr. However, based on the following Hadith, one should start with the right hand:

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) loved to start activities from the right side whether it was wearing shoes, combing his hair, or performing wudu and all of his matters”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 168)


Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would apply ‘itr on his head and beard.

(Refer: Muntahas Sul, vol. 1 pg. 356)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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