Fatwa: # 23278
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: France
Date: 19th November 2012

Title

Is selling fragrances permissible in Islam? These fragrances are not alcohol free.

Question

Is selling fragrances permissible in Islam? These fragrances are not alcohol free.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If the alcohol used in fragrances is produced from grapes or dates, then it is not permissible for one to neither sell nor purchase such fragrances.

However, if the alcohol used in fragrances is produced from other substances such as rice, flour, then it is permissible for one to sell or purchase such fragrances.

It is permissible for one to purchase or sell fragrances which are produced from synthetic alcohol or alcohol denat. The vast majority of perfumes and fragrances are currently produced from synthetic alcohol.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best                                       

Ismail Desai,
Student Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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