Q 3: Should a pilgrim wear perfume before or after the ghusl (ritual bath) he performed to enter the state of Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah)?

A: A man can wear perfume when entering the state of Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) and before Talbiyah (devotional expressions chanted at certain times during Hajj and `Umrah). However, it is preferred to wear perfume after performing Ghusl. `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said, I used to perfume the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), before he entered Ihram and when he exited Ihram, and before he performed Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka`bah). (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

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

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz