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Alcohol usage in perfumes

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Question

I don’t want to confuse matters further.. but I found other sites which suggest/say that only perfumes made from non-alcoholic contents, which have been extracted from wheat etc.. & not grapes is permissible to use..

Answer

The referred difference of opinion is based on the interpretation of the prohibition of the Shari`ah relating to alcohol. We differ with this opinion.Our opinion is based both on the wordings of the Quran and the following hadith;

The hadith is mentioned both in  Bukhaari (1421) and Muslim (363). The following version is quoted from Muslim because the version narrated by Bukhaari does not contain the word “tanning”.

“It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas said: A sheep was given in charity to the freed slave woman of Maimoonah, and the sheep died. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed by it and said: “Why do you not take its skin, tan it and make use of it?” They said, “It is dead meat.” He said, “It is only haram to eat.” 

To counter the above hadith scholars present following hadith from both from Bukhari (2121) and Muslim (1581).

“Prophet(pbuh) was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what do you think of the fat taken from a dead animal which is used for caulking ships, greasing animal skins and which people use to light their lamps?” He said, “No, it is haram.” Then the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah forbade them the fat, but they melted it then they sold it and consumed its price”

There is a difference of opinion among scholars in the interpretation of the second hadith,however,irrespective of what scholars say about the second hadith it is entirely upto individuals to decide which set of argument they want to submit to.In our opinion prohibition of sharia’h relate only to using the particular item as an edible. With this interpretation, obviously, we are of the opinion that the use of alcohol-based perfumes is not covered under the referred prohibition of the Shari`ah.

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