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12 Jul 2012

Using the siwak and perfume while fasting

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  • What is the ruling for the fasting person using the siwak and perfume?


  • The correct opinion is that using the siwak for the fasting person during the first part of the day as well as the end of the day is from the Sunnah. This is taken from the generality of the statement of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) when he said, “The siwak is a purification for the mouth and something that pleases the Lord” (narrated by al Bukhari). As well there is his (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) statement, “If it would not be a hardship on my Ummah I would have commanded them to use the siwak for every prayer” (narrated by al Bukhari and Muslim).
  • As far as perfume goes, it is also permissible for the fasting person to use in both the beginning and the end of the day. It doesn’t matter if it is from smoke or that which is spread on the skin or other then it. But it is not permissible to breath in the smoke. That is because the smoke has different parts that when it enters into the nose it goes into the insides of the person (stomach). This is why the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Everyone except for the fasting person, should make sure the water goes all the way in his nose when rinsing it out” (narrated by Abi Dawood, at Tirmadhi, an Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah). 


[Taken from Fatwah Arkan il Islam by Sheikh Uthaimeen]

[Translated by Abu Abdillah Abdul Lateef]

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