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Is It Permissible to Throw Into the Bin Products on Wich There Is a Logo of a Halal Council?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Is it permissible to throw into the bin products on which there is a logo of a halal council?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

No, you can throw such logos in the bin as long as they do not contain the Name of Allah Most High, any of His Messengers (Allah bless them and give them all peace), Qur’anic verses, or anything sacred.

This is because the basis is having deep veneration for symbols of Allah Most High and that which has a connection to revelation. But if you would rather do otherwise, such as shredding them first, then that too would be fine.

Please see: How to Get Rid of Unwanted Islamic Literature

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Do I Do With the Ashes of Burnt Islamic Literature?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: What do i do with the ash, after shredding and burning, unwanted literature ? If the text only has the name of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in English/urdu/hindi do i need to erase the names still or does this refer to Arabic text only?

 

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

It would be proper to bury such ashes. This applies to literature of all languages.

If you intend to burn unwanted Islamic literature, you should first erase the name of Allah, His Prophets, and His Angels. Thereafter, you may burn it. Alternatively, it would be permitted to bury the literature as it is, ideally wrapped in something pure, and in a place that is not normally walked over. [Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

See also: How Do You Dispose of Unwanted Islamic Literature? and: How to Get Rid of Unwanted Islamic Literature

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Islamic Literature

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam

Question: How does one get rid of unwanted religious literature, such as religious books, leaflets with the name of Allah, etc? Also, please state the ruling on what should be done to the copies of Qur’an that are no longer in a useable state.

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

With regards to getting rid of unwanted religious and Islamic literature, the great classical Hanafi jurist (faqih), Imam al-Haskafi (Allah have mercy on him) states:

“Books that are no longer benefited from, one should wipe away the names of Allah, His Angels, and His Messengers, and burn the rest. There is also nothing wrong with casting them into a flowing river as they are (i.e. without wiping away those names) or burying them, and this (burying them) is better.” (Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 5/271)

Thus, if one decides to dispose of religious literature, the best thing would be to bury it by wrapping it in something pure first, in a place where people would not normally walk. It would also be permitted to tie the books and papers with something heavy and cast them into a flowing river. Alternatively, the literature may be burnt, but in this case, only after erasing the names of Allah, His Angels and His Messengers.

Disposing Unusable Copies of the Qur’an

As far as old and unusable copies of the Qur’an are concerned, it is not permitted to burn them unless there is no other way to dispose of them.

The great Hanafi Imam, Imam Ibn Abidin (may Allah have mercy on him) states:

“If a copy of the Mushaf (qur’an) becomes old and it is difficult to read from it, it should not be burnt in fire. This is what Imam Muhammad (m: student of Imam Abu Hanifa) pointed out and this is what we take. It will not be disliked to bury it. It should be wrapped in a pure cloth, and a Lahd grave (m: grave that has a incision in the side wall, customary in hot climate countries where the earth is solid) should be dug, because if a Shiq grave (m: grave with a straight opening, common in cold climate countries due to the earth being soft) is dug and the copy of the Qur’an is buried, it will entail the soil falling on top of the Qur’an which is a form of disrespect, unless a slab is placed as a roof…” (Radd al-Muhtar, 5/271)

In light of the above, there are two methods of disposing of an unusable copy of the Qur’an:

1) Wrapping it in a pure piece of cloth and burying it respectfully in a place where people (normally) do not walk about. In cold climate countries (such as the UK), one may dig a Shiq grave, but a slab should be placed first and over it the soil.

2) Fastening the Qur’an with a heavy object like a stone and then placing it respectfully in flowing water.

If one is able to implement the above two methods, it would not be permitted to burn the copy of the Qur’an. However, if the above two methods are difficult to carry out, then one may burn the Qur’an and bury or drown the resulting ash.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK
http://www.daruliftaa.com

Would It Be Permissible to Use a Paper Shredder to Dispose of Material With Qur’Anic Verses on Them?

Answered by Mufti Muhammd ibn Adam

Question:  Would it be Permissible to Use a Paper Shredder to Dispose of Material with Qur’anic Verses on them?

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

With regards to disposing and getting rid of unwanted Islamic literature, many classical jurists (fuqaha) state that the best way to get rid of it is to bury it in a place where people normally would not walk. There is also nothing wrong in casting the literature in flowing water by tying it with something heavy. Alternatively, one may burn the Islamic literature, but only after erasing the name of Allah Most High, His angels and Messengers.(See: Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 5/271 and other classical Fiqh
references)

Now, shredding Islamic literature is akin to burning it, hence the same rule would apply, in that it will be permitted to use a paper shredder to shred it, but only after erasing the name of Allah Most High, His angels and His Messengers. Also, one should avoid throwing the shredded remains in the bin; rather, one should bury the remains somewhere where people would not normally walk.

Note that the above ruling is only with regards to Islamic literature such as papers, Islamic books and other such material. As far as copies of the Qur’an are concerned, there is a separate ruling concerning their disposal.

And Allah knows best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK