Q: Please help me. You have helped me a lot throughout. If a person consumes alcohol and uses makeup like lipstick and all and if that lipstick touches one’s hand does everything become napaak? You always say if there are no traces of alcohol then it is pure. How can we be sure that there are no traces of alcohol in a persons mouth as the taste and smell of alcohol stays if you are consuming it. I consumed alcohol a long time ago and I have repented and now when I think about the makeup I have used and what I touched I’m becoming doubtful. I have thrown away half the stuff I used. I feel may be they have traces as I don’t remember everything and I am in doubts. It has become very stressful.
A: Don’t pay attention to this. Until you are not absolutely certain consider yourself to be paak.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)