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Disposing Islamic literature

Fatwaa ID: 1963

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh Please explain on how to dispose Quranic verses or any wording of Ahadith (especially duas from both the Quran and Hadith) that are written in the form of English transliteration or any other language?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Islam has celebrated knowledge and its tools. Moreover, the beautiful names of Allaah Ta’aala, the verses of the Qur’aan, the Ahaadith of Nabi ﷺ, etc., deserve utmost respect. Hence, respectable methods ought to be adopted when retaining such literatures as well as when disposing of them. There are many methods of disposing old papers in which there is the name of Allaah Ta’aala, Qur’aanic verses or prophetic Ahaadith, be it in Arabic or a transliteration or translation in any other language:

-Wrap up the papers in a clean piece of cloth and bury it in a clean land
-Deposit the papers into flowing water.
-Cross out or white-out the names, verses or Ahaadith and burn the papers. If it is not feasible to cross out, then that may be left out. Thereafter, dispose the ashes respectfully.
-Shred the papers and burn the remains. Thereafter, dispose the ashes respectfully.

If the above are not possible, one may dispose of the old books in any dignified feasible manner.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/20/1445 AH – 12/04/2023 CE | 728

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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