Using the Bible as Toilet Paper: Permissible?
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Using the Bible as Toilet Paper: Permissible?

Questioner

Mahmoud

Reply Date

Mar 30, 2019

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. There has reached me a notice on Facebook informing about a new war waged on the Qur'an. It is about a group of Christians who placed the image of a page of the book of Allah on toilet paper in effort to avenge (according to them) the Fatwa that permits using the pages of the Torah and Bible as such since they are books not to be respected. So is this fatwa true or is it rejected? and what are the proofs that allow us to discuss with them this issue?

Mufti

Answer


Using the Bible as Toilet Paper

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

We do not accept the statement that the heavenly books such as the Torah or Gospel can be used to clean oneself with since it contains amidst it some of the words of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.


Responding to your question, Dr. Hatem Al-Hajj, Dean of Shari`ah Academy of America, states:

We do not accept the statement that the heavenly books such as the Torah or Gospel can be used to clean oneself with since it contains amidst it some of the words of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.

Distortion does not mean complete change, but rather it means additions and subtractions.

Then, after that (distortion) there remain some of the words of Allah existent in these books. Hence, it is not permissible to belittle it altogether in this manner. And consider our stance in the Shari`ah with regard to believing or belying… it has come (in Islamic law) that our responsibility is to not to testify to the truth of the People of the Book, nor to testify to their falsehood, so as not to call falsehood truth nor call truth falsehood.

So, as we refrain from believing or belying it because it contains some of the words of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, alongside additions and human distortions, likewise it is not permissible to belittle it altogether for the same reason.

This is so not to belittle Allah’s words amidst what we belittle!

As for the enmity of some of the foolish to the book of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, in this manner, then Allah, the Royal and High, will defend His book from those who transgress against it. And Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of our affairs.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




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