Imam Ash-Shawkani related the authentic hadith in Al-Fath Ar-Rabbani, in which the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam stated:
حبب إلي الطيب والنساء ، وجعلت قرة عيني في الصلاة
“Made beloved to me are women and perfume, and prayer has been made the coolness of my eyes” (Al-Fath Ar-Rabbani 9:4664)
Muslims have an age-old tradition in perfumery, and traditional Arabic perfumes are now finding great popularity in the West.
From the most popular ingredients used in Islamic perfumery are musk, ambergris, and oud/agarwood.
All of them have therapeutic effects, aside from being the best offerings of scents in nature. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim has gone to great lengths in discussing these three elements, their sources, therapeutic effects, and their value as fragrances.
What might come as a surprise to some is the fact that musk and oud have been described by the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam as being of the scents that will be experienced by the people of Paradise. He stated:
“Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. Oud will be used in their centers.” (Muslim, 4:55:544)
But aside from it’s use in Paradise, it’s use was also encouraged by the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam for medicinal purposes.
We find the following hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari:
“Use this Indian aloeswood, for it contains seven types of remedies, one among them being a remedy for pleurisy. It is applied through the nose for a swelling of the uvula and poured into the side of the mouth for pleurisy.” (Bukhari, 26:5487)
There is another hadith which shows that the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam used oud to scent his house as well:
Nafi’ reported that when Ibn Umar wanted fumigation he got it from oud without mixing anything with it, or he put camphor along with oud and then said: “This is how Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) fumigated.” (Muslim 27:5601)
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