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Contraceptive Patches & Ghusl


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Q. A girl is getting married and wants to use the patch as a contraceptive. Is it permissible for her to use the patch given the fact that whilst making ghusl, water won’t penetrate that area?
(Question published as received)
A. A Contraceptive Patch is a small sticky patch applied to the skin that releases synthetic estrogen and progestogen hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy. In normal circumstances, this is permissible to apply and use.
In terms of Ghusl, if the Contraceptive Patch has not been applied due to a genuine need and there are suitable alternatives available, the performance of Ghusl will not be valid whilst the Contraceptive Patch is applied to the skin. It will have to be removed whilst performing Ghusl for the Ghusl to be valid.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Moosa Salie

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians
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