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What is the Islamic law about using fragrant ointments and medicines during Ihram?
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Is it haram or makrooh or forbidden to use external medicine that has odour or smell or fragrance whilst performing any kind of the hajj (minor or major hajj or any other hajj that may exist) rituals etc ??
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Applying medical ointments or creams to the body for treatment and medication is allowed and there would be no problem in it.[1] However, if it is fragrant and it is applied when one is in the state of Ihram, one should pay a penalty. The penalty for applying it is a sheep and one has to pay it even if he has applied the cream out of necessity.[2]
 

[1] Makarem Shirazi, Naser, Rituals of Umrah Mufradah, p. 81, Madrasa Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, Qom, third edition, 1428 A.H.
[2] Vide: Musavi Shahroudi, Sayyid Murteza, Jami' al-Fatawa (Umrah Mufradah), p. 71, issue No. 154, Nashr Mash'ar, Qom, first edition, 1428 A.H.
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