Is it permissible to use pepper spray or CS gas?

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Question:

Is it permissible to use pepper spray or cs gas as defensive material?

Answer:

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

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

Defending oneself is a human right.  One should adopt all lawful means to protect oneself.

In the unfortunate event of being attacked, assaulted or confronted, it is permissible to defend oneself.  However, one must only use legal defensive techniques.

If the possession and usage of pepper spray and CS gas is permissible in the law of the country you reside in, it will be permissible to use as a defensive mechanism.

And Allah Ta’ālā Knows Best

Mufti Faraz al-Mahmudi,
www.darulfiqh.com

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