Fatwa: Alcohol in perfume
--answered by Sayyid Allama Muhammad bin Abdul-Azeem al-Houthi
If it is an intoxicant in its actual state, it is impermissible to apply it, own it, buy it or sell it. Rather, it would be religiously obligatory to pour it out just as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny, commanded that wine be poured out. As for the one that only contains an intoxicant base, there is not prohibition in using it because this same base exists in corn, wheat and dates. In raisins, it is more. It has been determined that the base of these things is alcohol. This would make room for the cause to apply to the effect and the effect to apply to the cause. It would be a type of metaphor.
I asked some doctors about qat and one said it was an intoxicant. I argued with him about that and when he said that he meant that its base is an intoxicant, we said that the same is the case with dates and raisins.
I wonder also if it is allowed to ingest pharmaceutical pills that contain synthetic alcohols, such as cetyl alcohol for example ? Here is the process of fabrication :
Cetyl alcohol was discovered in 1817 by the French chemist Michel Chevreul when he heated spermaceti, a waxy substance obtained from sperm whale oil, with caustic potash (potassium hydroxide). Flakes of cetyl alcohol were left behind on cooling. Modern production is based around the reduction of palmitic acid, which is obtained from palm oil.
This seems to be called "alcohol" without really being alcohol in the sense that usually includes ?
Also, what is the judgement about ingestion of " denatured alcohol " which is also commonly found in pharmaceutical pills ? Here is a definition of this type of alcohol :
Denatured alcohol, also called methylated spirits or denatured rectified spirit, is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, somewhat bad tasting, foul smelling or nauseating, to discourage recreational consumption. In some cases it is also dyed [...] Denaturing alcohol does not chemically alter the ethanol molecule. Rather, the ethanol is mixed with other chemicals to form an undrinkable solution. For many of these solutions, there is no practical way to separate the components. Labels such as "cannot be made nonpoisonous" communicate to users that they should not trust any alcohol claiming to be rendered safe by distilling, filtering, or additives.
Many thanks !
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