Can I Use Self-Tanners?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

Is using self-tanners haram? Is it one of the things that invalidate/break wudu?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Tanning

Based on a previous answer at SeekersGuidance:

As long as the tanning does not entail any public exposure of your nudity (awra) or harm to the body, then it would be permissible to use this product.

One also has to take the health risks of using self-tanners into account before using them. Using such products can promote skin aging and wrinkle formation. This doesn’t make it impermissible, but one should consider such harms and their likelihood. Please consult a reliable doctor before moving forward.

Please see:
Using a Tanning Machine

Ritual Purity

No, using self-tanners won’t break your wudu because no filth has exited your body. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

And Allah knows best.
Wassalam
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found. Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others. He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.