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Is Makeup Allowed During Iḥrām?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat


Are women permitted to wear non-scented makeup whilst in irām?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

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Most makeup and cosmetic products are scented. When applied they also place a layer on top of the skin which blocks water from actually touching the skin [for wuū and ghusl]. Makeup also goes against the spirit of irām which is to avoid beatification and grooming thus primarily focusing on the devotional acts of pilgrimage, paying attention to the inward rather than the external body. Keeping this in mind, it is severely disliked (makrūh tarīmī) to apply makeup during irām in general and forbidden (arām) if it results in ablution being incomplete regardless of whether the makeup is scented or not. – (See: Kitāb Al-Āthār Li-Al-Shaybānī, Vol 1, Page 355, Dār Al-Nawādir)

Only Allāh knows best

 محمد قال أخبرنا أبو حنيفة قال حدثنا إبراهيم بن محمد بن المنتشر عن أبيه قال سألت عبدالله بن عمر رضي الله عنهما أيتطيب الرجل وهو محرم؟ قال لأن أصبح أنضح قطرانا أحب إلي من أن أصبح أنضح طيبا قال محمد وبه نأخذ لا ينبغي للمحرم أن يتطيب بشيء من الطيب بعد الإحرام – كتاب الاثار الشيباني ج١/ ص٣٥٥ دار النوادر

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.