Women wearing perfume to remove bad smells

Q 6: There is a Prophetic Hadith that forbids women from wearing perfume and scents, especially when going to the Masjid (mosque). Is it permissible for the woman to wear perfume to remove partly the smell of her body that cannot be removed by soap?

A: The basic rule is that it is not permissible for a woman to wear perfumes if she wants to leave her house, whether to the mosque or any other place, for the Prophet's Hadith (peace be upon him): (Part No. 17; Page No. 125)  If a woman perfumes herself then she goes out and passes by some people and they smelled her perfume, she is like an adulterer and every eye that looks at her is also an adulterer. (Related by Ahmad, Al-Nasa'y and Al-Hakim on the authority of Abu Musa [may Allah be pleased with him]). As far as we know there is no body smell that cannot be removed by soap, so that a woman does not need to perfume herself after bathing. Furthermore, woman is not required to go to the Masjid; rather, her Salah (Prayer) at home is better for her. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.