Is Wearing Perfume Permissible for Women?

02 September, 2020
Q Can women use perfume because they get more sweating?

Answer

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Women can wear light perfumes to dispel bad odor and sweating; however, they should avoid, like men, all provocative scents.


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Women can wear light perfumes to dispel bad odor and sweating; however, they should avoid, like men, all provocative scents.

Both men and women need to remember that we are responsible for the message we send to others: Are we sending enticing messages that invite lustful snares or attention to our bodies or reminding them of modesty and God-consciousness? Once we keep this in mind, we can sort this out for ourselves. That is why the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Consult your conscience even if they give you a different fatwa.” (Ahmad)

Almighty Allah knows best.