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Using Fragrance with alcohol: does it invalidate wudu and prayer?

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Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

If I use scent that has alcohol in it, does it nullify my wudu? Can I pray with this scent on my body?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Applying scent to the body does not nullify wudu, even if you know that there is filth (najasah) in it.

As for the ruling of praying with it, if the person praying is certain that the scent that is on him indeed has filthy alcohol in it, his prayer is not valid.

But if it is not filthy, or if he has doubt about it, then his prayer is valid. So let the questioner go to specialists who know about the types of alcohol [s. so he may find out if it is an intoxicating kind] and it is best for him to avoid it altogether, and nothing is equal to safety.

– Amjad Rasheed

(Translated by Shazia Ahmad)

السؤال: إذا استعملت عطراً فيه الكحول فهل هذا ينقض وضوئي ؟ هل يجوز لي أن أصلي وهذا العطر على بدني ؟ الجواب : وضعُ العطور على البدن لا ينقض الوضوء ولو تيقنا نجاستها ، أما حكمُ الصلاة بذلك فإن تيقن المصلي أن العطرَ الذي أصابه فيه كحولٌ نجسةٌ فلا تصح صلاته ، وإلا فإن لم يكن في ذلك أو شك فيه فصلاته به صحيحة ، وليرجع السائلُ إلى أهل الاختصاص في بيان أنواع الكحول، والأولى الاحترازُ عند الشك ، والسلامةُ لا يعدلهُا شيء .

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