Assalamu‘alaikum. What is the ruling of smelling perfumes during the day in Ramadhan?
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Smelling perfumes or scents during the day in Ramadhan, which also includes bukhur or incense. The ruling is if the scent reached the throat, then the fast is invalid and it is obligatory to replace the fast, as stated in madhhab Maliki. Whereas, other scholars considered this issue as Umum Balwa which means it is forgiven. This is the sound opinion stated in Su’alat al-So’imin. I am inclined towards this second opinion.