This practice is widespread nowadays, despite the stern warning of the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him), who said: “Any woman
who applies perfume and then goes out among the people so that they could smell her fragrance is a
zaaniyah (adulteress).” (Reported by Imaam
Ahmad, 4/418; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’ , 105).

Some women are very careless and take the
matter too lightly, especially in front of drivers, shopkeepers, school porters, etc., even though the
Sharee’ah states very strictly that the woman who wears perfume must wash herself like a person must wash when in a state of Janabah (i.e., perform ghusl), if she wants to go out to the mosque.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Any woman who wears perfume then goes out to the mosque, so that the fragrance can be discerned, her prayers will not be accepted until she performs ghusl like the ghusl to be performed when in a state of janabah .” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 2/444; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’ , 2703).
May He guide us all to the Straight Path.
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