Alcohol Mouthwash

Questions
Published: 2003-08-31
Can you please tell me if whether mouthwash containing alcohols are halal or harem?

Or if mouthwash containing alcohol is permitted in certain occasions e.g. while at the dentist during or after having a treatment done.

If mouthwash containing alcohols are not permitted could you please tell me of any brands of mouth wash which do not contain any alcohol found in the UK?

As Iíve searched myself in a number stores, but cannot seem to find any alcohol free mouthwash.

Answer
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Updated: 2003-09-03

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Assalamooalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Respected SisterBrother
 
We would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us all to serve His cause and render our work for His Sake. Hereunder is the response to your query subject to disclaimer: 

Mouthwashes that contain alcohol are not permissible. It is not permissible to use alcohol based items for internal use and especially for Mouthwashes merely used for 'beauty and cosmetic' use. We would suggest you use Miswaak to cleanse the mouth, or Halal toothpaste with freshening properties.

Please refer to this article: 

http://www.albalagh.net/qa/sunnah_reward.shtml

If the mouthwash will be used for a medical purpose then you must consult a Righteous Islamic Scholar and forward your circumstances so that they may make a decision. We would recommend you place your question on the GMWA QNA Site if you wish to use because of a medical ailment: http://foodguide.org.uk/qna/index.php

Saying that, alcohol is not the only problem that we have but there is a risk of the inclusion of animal-derived ingredients, so if you do come across a mouthwash that says it does not contain alcohol then it must also be ascertained as to whether there are any animal derivatives in the product before suitability can be determined.

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