Fatwa: # 38388
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 31st May 2019


Will the application minoxidil / rogaine/ regaine on the head/hair break ones fast?


Is it permissible to use minoxidil / rogaine/ regaine on the head/hair when fasting? Minoxidil is a treatment used to regrow hair, which is applied on the scalp. I am unsure whether it is absorbed and would affect the fast


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication and is used to treat hair loss. It is available as a generic medication and over the counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, a form of hair loss, in men and women.1 The inactive ingredients are Alcohol (60% v/v), propylene glycol, purified water.2

The usage of use minoxidil / rogaine/ regaine is permissible in the state of fasting. 3

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Huzaifah Deedat

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoxidil

2. https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=02142c9c-8b2c-479e-8205-23d2a9c2f198

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