What is the ruling on using some perfumes that contain some alcohol?
Praise be to Allaah.
The basic principle is that the perfumes which are commonly used among people are permissible, unless we find out that they contain some substance that make it disallowed for us to use them, such if it is an intoxicant, or a large amount would cause intoxication, or it contains some najaasah (impure substance) and so on. But the basic principle is that the perfumes which are commonly used are permissible, such as ‘ood, amber, musk, etc. But if a person finds out that a certain perfume contains something that would rule out its use, such as an intoxicating or impure substance, then he should not use it. This includes cologne because it is has been proven by the testimony of doctors that it is not free of intoxicants; it contains a large amount of alcohol, which is an intoxicant, so we should not use it, unless we find a kind of cologne that is free of that. There are enough perfumes among the kinds that Allaah has permitted to us that we have no need of that kind, praise be to Allaah. The same applies to every kind of food and drink which contains intoxicants – we should refrain from consuming them. The basic principle is that whatever causes intoxication in large amounts, a small amount of it is haraam, as the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever causes intoxication in large amounts, a small amount of it is haraam.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i in al-Ashribah, 5607; Ibn Maajah, al-Ashribah, 3394). And Allaah is the Source of strength
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