Ruling for Essential Oils use in Ramadan

So, I love using essential oils in my day-to-day life, but are muslims allowed to continue using the oils in Ramadan? The following guidelines will help you to see that indeed they are.  But please remember the following points:

1. Your fast is invalidated if a legally considered substance enters the body cavity through a recognised point of entry.

2. Oils ingested directly through mouth or nose will invalidate your fast, obviously.

3. Oils applied elsewhere on the body do not affect the validity of your fast, even if such oils can be tasted, because your skin pores are not considered to be a cavity of legal consequence.

4. Tasting something in your mouth is not invalidating in and of itself. As such, tasting the toothpaste does not affect your fast because you have taste buds in your mouth which you cannot do anything about. However, swallowing the toothpaste would be invalidating.

5. Diffusing the oils is fine as long as you do not deliberately and purposefully ingest or breathe in any perceptible body of steam vapour. Merely smelling the oil in the room does not affect anything as you have the obvious right to continue breathing. The upshot, thus, is that your fast remains unaffected as long as you avoid any deliberate inhaling of the steam itself. I hope that is clear.

Ustadh Tabraze Azam

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Published by Sidra Ansari

Sidra Ansari is a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and teacher. Although she was born in Manchester, she has lived in many places in the U.K including London, North Wales, Birmingham and Leicester. She now lives in the Black Country and dreams of living by the sea once again- a seagull being her preferred muse. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and was selected for WriteNow Live, the Penguin Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She works for the Mud Season Review as a Creative Non Fiction Reader and has work published in the inaugural Desert Rose Lit Magazine. Her self development book ‘Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love’ published by Beacon Books is out in 2020. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of over fifteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter, sidra.7.ansari on Instagram and follow her blog at

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