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The Forgotten Sunnah: Burning Incense for Health and Virtue

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Q: Is the following true?

The forgotten Sunnah

It is Sunnah for one to burn Lobaan, Incense sticks and other fragrances. There are many virtues of burning Bakhoor and other fragrances mentioned in the Hadeeth. Hadhrat Ibn Umar (r.a) used to burn pure Oudh and camphor mixed with Oudhas incense fragrance. He said “Likewise, Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to burn incense.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth #2254) Hadhrat Umm Qais Bint Mihsan(r.a) narrates that “I heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi waSallam) saying, “Treat with the 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.” (Saheeh al-Bukhari, Hadeeth # 5368, Kitab al-Tibb)


A: Itr and burning of oudh etc. is recommended.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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