Thursday, March 5, 2009

Alcohol in deodorant / Perfume haram or halal?

The general rule on the use of alcohol based perfumes/deodrants, etc is that if the alcohol has been extracted from grapes or dates their use will be forbidden since this is Najis (impure) and will thus make the body and clothes impure.

If the deodrants/perfume is made from synthetic/chemical alcohol, extracted and manufactured from items besides grapes or dates, then the use of such products is permissible.

Hazrat Mufti M. Taqi Usmani Saheb, (A leading contemporary scholar of Pakistan) writes in his commentary of Sahih Muslim, "The majority of alcohol used in medication and perfumes is not manufactured from grapes and dates, it is extracted from grains, peels or petroleum etc." (Takmilah Fathul-Mulhim Vol. 3 Page. 608)

Before using such products, it is advisable from the Shar'ee point of view to check with the manufacturers on the type of alcohol used. (i.e. whether natural or synthetic based).

Allah SWT Knows Best.

(Mufti) Abdullah Patel



  1. Thanx for such a good info but here is a point that how will we know that which perfum is made of which, coz in europe most of the perfums doesn't say wether they are made of synthic or non synthetic, plz advice

  2. The only way is to call the company up and ask them. This is easier then most people would think..

    and once you get in the habit it becomes easier still..

    All you have to ask them is what type of alcohol they are using is it synthetic or based on grapes or dates etc (anything that would make it haram to eat therefore napak to wear)

    And Allah ta'ala knows best..