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Can a Muslimah wear Perfume to the Masjid

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As salamu alaykum

Can a Muslimah wear perfume to the masjid for Salah? What is the ruling pertaining to this matter?

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Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu,

In Sharh Sahih Muslim v. 4, p. 706, Imam Nawawi mentioned the conditions for women to attend the mosque. The conditions are:

1) They do not wear perfume,

2) They do not dress attractively (lewdly),

3) They do not adorn themselves with jewelry that will make a noise thereby drawing attention to them,

4) They do not dress to show themselves off,

5) They do not mix with men,

6) She is not a young woman or one that will cause temptation by her presence,

7) And that there is nothing in the way to the mosque that may be dangerous for a woman.

Regarding the issue of a woman wearing perfume to the masjid, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If one of you attends the mosque, then do not touch perfume.” In Sharh al-Muhadhdhab v. 4, p. 199, Imam Nawawi stated that in light of this evidence it disliked for a woman to go to the mosque with perfume on; also see, Tuhfat al-Muhtaj v. 2, p. 252.

The ruling of makruh is something that a Muslim woman must abstain from. An Allah-conscious Muslim sister is sure to understand the Prophet’s advice, “If one of you attends the mosque, then do not touch perfume.”

And Allah knows best.

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