Using Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants

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Q. Is it permissible to use Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers and to disinfect the Masjid with Alcohol based Disinfectants?

A. Generally, the Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants available today in the market that are described as Alcohol-Based contain Ethanol/Ethyl Alcohol. Ethanol Alcohol is a synthetic/artificial based Alcohol. It is not alcohol that is prohibited in Shariah.

Therefore, it is permissible to use Hand Sanitizers or Disinfectants that contain Ethanol Alcohol to hand sanitize and disinfect the Masjid.

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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