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Sunnah 66: Perfume yourself when you go to the mosque

June 25, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever eats garlic or onion, then let him stay away from our masjid, and let him sit in his home” [Bukhari]

The Prophet (pbuh) said about the Friday prayer, “use perfume” [Bukhari]. Of course, this applies mainly for men, however it does not mean that women should not care about the way that they smell. As we can see from the hadith above, the Prophet (pbuh) said that whoever has eaten onion or garlic i.e. something that smells bad, should not go to the masjid. Thus, women and men should try to be clean, and not come to the mosque smelling like food as this will bother the other people. The Prophet (pbuh) also said, with regards to bad odors, “whatever offends the sons of Adam may offend the angels.” [Muslim]

Hence, men should follow the sunnah and apply perfume to themselves when going to the mosque on Fridays. Women should ensure their clothes are clean and do not smell of food or any other odors that may bother fellow sisters praying.

Please note that we are not saying that men should skip the jumu’ah prayer if they have eaten onion or garlic. Rather we are stressing the importance of giving the mosque its importance as a place of worship, as well as respecting our brothers and sisters in Islam.

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