Hand sanitizers containing alcohol.

Question:

Is it permissible to use hand sanitizers to clean one’s hands with a high alcohol content?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible to clean one’s hands with such hand sanitizers, the alcohol contained is synthetic (ethyl alcohol) and is not considered impure (although impermissible to consume in intoxicating ways).

It is better to wash it off ones hands before performing Salaah, though Salaah will be permitted.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)

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