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Q. I need some advice.



I know for a fact that a woman is not allowed to use perfume before going out of her home.

But some women use deodorants profusely & claim that it is not the same as perfume.


Can you kindly clarify?


(Query published as received)


A. It is not permissible for a female to emerge from her home with fragrance emanating from her. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When a woman emerges from her home to go to the Musjid, she should rid herself of fragrance like how she rids herself of impurities”(Sunan an-Nasai #: 5127)


Thus, whether it a deoderant or perfume, she should ensure that no fragrance eminates from her. The deoderant should be used for its intended purpose, to prevent any unpleasant odour. It should not be used to give off a fragrance.


And Allah Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed


Fatwa Department

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

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