The Hadith (Inspired Sayings) of Muhammed

Perfume and Sensuality

Al Hadis, Vol. 1, p. 616-617, No. 54, Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah said, "The perfume of a man is that which has a fragrance but it has no color. The perfume of a woman has a color, but it must not have an odor." Attested by Tirmizi and Nisai, while in the next Hadith, No. 55, Walid-b-Oqbah reported that the Messenger of Allah had a bag he carried from which he perfumed himself. Attested by Abu Daud.

Fazlul Maulana-- Al Hadis, Vol. 4, p. 337, Omme Solaim, a wife of Muhammed, reported that the Messenger of Allah used to take a mid-day nap near her. She used to spread a leather, and he would sleep on it. He perspired profusely and she used to gather his perspiration and put it in a perfume box. The Holy Prophet asked, "O Omme Solaim, what is this?" She said, "We put your perspiration in our perfume box because it is the most fragrant of the perfumes. We wish its blessing for our children." Muhammed said, "You are right." Attested by agreement. What comment is needed to such guruistic nonsense?

This legend was not just the notion of a silly wife, Fazlul Maulana-- Al Hadis, Vol. 4, p. 340, Jaber reported that whenever the Holy Prophet tread on any path, when someone passed by later, that they could recognize that the prophet had passed by there because they could smell the fragrance of his perspiration. Attested by Darimi.