بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم       


In the Name of Allah The most Gracious The Most Merciful

We hope clarity will be established on some misconceptions that occur regarding topics and rulings in this blessed month.

There is one very strange opinion people have that says you cannot cut your nails or your hair while you are fasting in Ramadhan. For this opinion it is upon the claimant to bring the evidence because they are introducing a ruling into the religion. The act is generally permissible so the prohibition of it needs to be brought from the Quran and Sunnah.

You can’t use perfume?

Question: What is the ruling on wearing perfume while fasting; is it Haram (prohibited) or Makruh (disliked)?

Answer: As for wearing perfume while fasting, there is nothing wrong with it, but you should avoid sniffing incense. However there is nothing wrong with perfuming clothes and turbans with it (incense).

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

No Siwaak, Oil or Creams?

Question: Is it permissible for a fasting person to wear perfume or use Siwak (tooth-cleansing stick) during the daytime? Likewise, is it permissible for women to henna their hair or apply oil?

Answer: It is permissible for a fasting person to apply perfume to the body, head cover, or clothes. However, one should not sniff it through the nose.

Siwak may also be used during the daytime in Ramadan. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Had it not been for fear of overburdening my Ummah, I would have ordered them to use Siwak at every Salah. (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim). The Hadith broadly applies to Zhuhr (Noon) and `Asr (Afternoon) Prayers whether one is fasting or otherwise. We do not know of any authentic evidence that prohibits using Siwak while fasting.

It is also permissible for women to apply henna, oil, or any other substance that may help them groom their hair, as this does not affect the validity of Sawm. The same applies to men who, while fasting, may put any cream on their skin, whether for medical purposes or otherwise.

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

You are not allowed to use toothpaste or mouthwash!

Questions: A- Is it permissible for a fasting person to use toothpaste, keeping in mind that they can use the toothbrush only?

B- What is the ruling on using mouthwash?

C- It was reported through a good chain of transmission from Ibn ‘Abbas (Al-Irwaa’, p. 937) that he (may Allah be pleased with him) did not see any harm in tasting honey, butter, and similar foods and then spitting it out while one is observing Sawm (Fast). This view was also reported from some Salaf (righteous predecessors). Thus, after knowing the way in which food is tasted, what is the ruling on tasting food by a fasting person

Answer: There is no harm in using toothpaste during Sawm; however, one should spit out what has been dissolved of the toothpaste in the mouth; and if something from it goes unintentionally into the throat, it will not affect Sawm. By the same token, there is no harm in using mouthwash which contains medication provided that one spits it out, and nothing from it goes intentionally into the throat. The same ruling applies to tasting food; there is no harm in doing it as long as one spits it out without swallowing anything of it.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’  (Bakr Abu Zayd, `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh,  Salih Al-Fawzan, chairman: `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz)

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