Doubting the Contents of Attars (Fragrances)

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Q: I purchased here in the UK from a retailer two attars namely dehnal Oudh (mumtaz no.3) and musk-e-amber.  The packaging is from Afzal Fragrances. As I am not an expert, I have no reason to suspect that the attar has been manufactured or contains impermissible ingredients such as alcohol or animal products.  On this basis, and based on any information you may have on the said company, is it permissible to use these and their other attars as I am conscious about reading Salah, Qur’an etc whilst wearing something impermissible?

A: Only if the attar contains any haraam impure animal products then it is not permissible to apply it.

وكذلك الخمر والدم المسفوح ولحم الميتة … نجاسة غليظة (الفتاوى الهندية 1/46)


( وما ) أي إهاب ( طهر به ) بدباغ ( طهر بذكاة ) على المذهب ( لا ) يطهر ( لحمه على ) قول ( الأكثر إن ) كان ( غير مأكول ) هذا أصح ما يفتى به وإن قال في الفيض الفتوى على طهارته ( وهل يشترط ) لطهارة جلده ( كون ذكاته شرعية ) بأن تكون من الأهل في المحل بالتسمية ( قيل نعم وقيل لا والأول أظهر ) (الدر المحتار 1 /404-405)

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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