Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I purchased a dry body brush that is supposedly made from boar bristles. I use it dry on my skin to exfoliate. I never wet the brush. Is it permissible for me to use it? Will it invalidate my prayers if I use it? Do I need to repeat wudu or make ghusl after using it?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, it would not be permissible to use a brush made of boar hair, even if you don’t moisten the bristles at any point. This is because the pig is considered to be essentially filthy, and thus, impermissible to benefit from in any manner.

Consider getting a brush which is made from another material or a different type of animal hair. And your prayers and ablutions are unaffected, so you need not worry about them.

Please also see: Is It Permitted to Use a Brush Made From Boar Bristles? and: Is It Permissible to Use Brushes that Are Made of Animal Hair Other than Pig? and: Is It Permissible to Use Boar for Any Purpose?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

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