127641: Can perfume be given as a gift to a woman who will go out wearing it in the street?


Is it permissible to give a bottle of perfume as a gift to another woman, knowing that the recipient will go out in the street wearing this perfume? Will there be any sin on the giver of the gift?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with giving perfume to a woman as a gift, because gifts are an expression of love and friendship and the giver will have a reward. If the recipient uses this perfume in a haraam way, then the sin will be on her. But if the giver knows that the recipient would use this perfume when going out to the marketplace, then it is not permissible for her to give it, because that comes under the heading of helping in sin and transgression, and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “but do not help one another in sin and transgression” [al-Maa’idah 5:2]. End quote. 

Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (20/62).
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