Q 1: wearing perfume after assuming Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah). After arriving from Cairo, I started performing `Umrah, and while I was supplicating to Allah and adhering to the honorable Ka`bah in Al-Multazam (the area between the corner where the black stone exists and the door of the Ka`bah), my hands touched the perfumed oil of The honorable Ka`bah, and during this status of supplications and spirituality at the honorable Ka`bah, I smeared my body, hair and clothes with this perfumed oil at the Ka`bah. After that, I moved to perform the remaining rites, then headed for Zamzam where I drank and performed Wudu' (ablution) with heavy water as if like washing the hair and the body. Then I performed Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj) and shortened my hair. What is the retribution of this act? What is the ruling on wearing the oiled perfumed of Al-Moltazam which I touched by accident, then performed wudu' afterwards and it was nearly removed?

A: Touching the perfumed oil at the Al-Ka`bah by accident then smearing your body, hair and clothes with it is prohibited, therefore you should expiate for this, and the expiation is fasting for three days, feeding six needy people by giving half a Sa` (1 Sa` = 2.172 kg) for each, or slaughtering a Shah (sheep), unless you did not know of the legal ruling on this or you forgot, in this case there is nothing upon you.

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