Question ID: #3784
Question: Shredding paper with Quranic Aayaat
Respected Mufti

1. What is the command regarding shredding paper that contains Allah's name or Quranic Aayaat? (with references please)

2. Would it be possible to recycle such paper? (i.e dispose of it in one's recycle bin) (again with references)

3. At a time when thousands of article, magazines and newsletters are being distributed monthly please advise on appropriate disposal methods.

In addition i would like to add that burying such a large amount is unpractical and unavailable to most people.

Answered by: Ulamaa ID 04 (London)
Date: 15/05/2012 23:23pm


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

1) You can shred such papers, but only after erasing the name of Allah Ta'ala, His Angels and Messengers. After shredding, one can burn them. It is best to bury them or cast them into a flowing river.

To shred Quranic verses is not permissible.

Disposing of Quranic verses.
Please refer to:

2) Please view this:

3) You can shred and then burn them. Alternatively, you can recycle them after erasing the name of Allah etc.

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Mufti Qamruzzaman

London, UK