[Q 266] Proper Disposal of Islamic Texts


How is it to burn Islamic books to dispose of them (not with evil intention)? Especially for example deviant (badmazhab) books that were bought accidentally etc as they may still have Ayaat, Ahadith, names of Pious people

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It is not permissible to burn books that contain verses, Ahadith, etc., or any Islamic book that is no longer readable. The appropriate method is to bury them in a suitable place. A hole should be dug in the ground, the book placed inside, covered with a slab or similar cover, then covered with soil, in a manner similar to how graves are prepared.

Alternatively, such books can be submerged in deep water. For example, place the books in a bag, add a heavy object, and then throw it into the sea to ensure it does not resurface.

Answered by: Mubashir Attari AskMufti Scholar)

Verified by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Date: 29th April 2024

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