Fatwa: Alcohol in perfume

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4 years 7 months ago #188 by Imam Rassi Society
Question: What is the ruling regarding applying perfume/cologne with alcohol in it?

Fatwa:

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.

--answered by Sayyid Allama Muhammad bin Abdul-Azeem al-Houthi
الجواب: إذا كانت مسكرة في حالتها الراهنة فلا يجوز التطيب بها ولا تقنيها ولا شرائها ولا بيعها بل يجب إهراقها كما أمر النبي صلى الله عليه وآله بإهراق الخمر. وأما إذا لم يكن فيها إلا مادة مسكرة فلا مانع من استخدامها لأن هذه المادة موجودة في الذرة والبر والتمر وفي الزبيب أشد وقد يعبر عن هذه المادة بالكحول توسعا من باب إطلاق السبب على المسبب والمسبب على السبب وهو من أنواع المجاز وقد سألت بعض الأطباء عن القات فقال: إنه مسكر فناقشته في ذلك فإذا هو يريد أن فيه مادة مسكرة قلنا: كذلك التمر والزبيب.
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4 years 7 months ago #262 by Mohand
Replied by Mohand on topic Fatwa: Alcohol in perfume
Salam alaikum, thank you for this fatwa !

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.[3] 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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4 years 7 months ago #266 by Imam Rassi Society
wa alaykum as salaam wa rahma!

Thank you for your question! Since this is a specific question regarding a hukm, I can forward it to a scholar who can better answer the question. As soon as I receive an answer, I can post and translate it, inshaAllah.

And Allah knows best!

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4 years 6 months ago #273 by Mohand
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Thank you, Allah yjazik bi khayr !

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