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Can a Muslim use perfumes that contain alcohol?

All praises be to Allaah, Lord and Sustainer of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon his family and companions.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whatever intoxicates in large amounts, a little of it is haraam.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1865; Abu Dawood, 3681)

Therefore, if the alcohol content of these perfumes is at such a level that one could become intoxicated by drinking a large quantity of these, it is haraam to buy, sell or keep them, or perfume oneself with them.

But if the alcohol content is not at such a level that drinking a lot of it would cause intoxication, then it is permissible to buy them and keep them and use them as a perfume.

If, however, it is not possible to determine whether drinking a lot of these serve as an intoxicant, as this may not be practically possible, then these fall into the category of doubtful matters. It is better for a Muslim to stay away from the doubtful matters, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

"Leave what makes you doubtful for what does not make you doubtful."

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi)

And Allah the Most Knowledgeable knows what is best and most correct.

May Allaah help and guide us to do all that He is pleased with and his Peace and blessings be upon His last Prophet Muhammad.