Using scented soap in ihraam

Q: I heard that taking a bath before going to Arafat from Mina is Sunnah. So I took a bath with soap in the state of ihram. Also, I used that same soap on my head. Before taking a shower, I smelt the soap and i didnt feel any scented/perfume. Also, it didn't see anything mentioned on the soap cover about it being scented/perfumed. So after I returned to my home country, I noticed that it was scented/perfumed soap.

So my question is, is my Hajj Mabroor/accepted or not? Should I give sadaqa or damm? Is it possible if I give someone money to do damm/sadaqa in Makkah for me?

A: The sunnah practice for a haaji is that he makes ghusl in Arafah before he commences the wuqoof of Arafah. It is reported in the hadith that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) made ghusl in Arafah before he commenced the wuqoof of Arafah.

Your hajj is valid, however, if the soap you used was scented soap, then you should give sadaqah equal to the amount of sadaqatul fitr to the poor in compensation for the mistake. The sadaqah can be given in any place. It does not have to be given in Makkah Mukarramah.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)