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How To Remove Impurities Which Have Fallen on Islamic Books

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Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


I had few books including the Quran, books of Hadeeth (Muntakhab Hadeeth/Fazaile Amaal) 7 to 8 in numbers on my shelf. I was not home for 2 months when I came back I saw lots of big mice sitting on books and all the books have visible droppings/excreta on them and also on the shelf. In some books, urine color is also visible. It is certain that they have become naajis now. What can I do with these religious books as they are naajis and if I touch with wet hands my hands will also become naajis. I cannot throw them also. Please let me know a suitable answer. Can I burn them all so that no one uses them in the future?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


If such an impurity falls on a place that it can be wiped off, it should be removed by scraping it. If the impurity is such that it cannot be scraped off but the effects of it are visible (such as urine) then it should be wiped with a wet cloth.

The books with droppings on them must be scraped off. Those books on which urine is visible must be wiped with a damp cloth.

Only Allah Ta’ala knows best

Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


)ويطهر خف ونحوه) كنعل (تنجس بذي جرم) (وإلا) جرم لها كبول (فيغسل و) يطهر 

قوله:)وإلا جرم لها) أي: وإن كانت النجاسة المفهومة من المقام لا جرم لها

)قوله: بمسح) متعلق بيطهر، وإنما اكتفى بالمسح؛ 

قال في الحلية: والذي يظهر أنها لو يابسة ذات جرم تطهر بالحت والمسح بما فيه بلل ظاهر من خرقة أو غيرها حتى يذهب أثرها مع عينها، ولو يابسة ليست بذات جرم كالبول والخمر فبالمسح بما ذكرناه لا غير، ولو رطبة ذات جرم أو لا فبالمسح بخرقة مبتلة أو لا.

)حاشية رد المحتار علي الدر المختار ج ١/ ص٥١١، دار العالمية للنشر والتوزيع(

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