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How To Dispose Papers Which Have Names of Allah?

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Answered by: Alimah Aabedah Khatun


On papers, someone has their name attached to Allah’s name “Rahman” without a prefix such as Abd or Abdul, I have stored these papers to ensure they are not disrespected by being thrown away and they are currently in a high place. However, because they are a lot in number, I have not cut out the name of Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala yet; have I been committing shirk or kufr by leaving the names the way they are for so long?

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


It would be permissible to dispose of these papers after removing or wiping off Allah’s name.

ولا يجوز لفّ شيء كاغد فيه فقه، و في كتب الطب يجوز، ولو فيه اسم الله أو الرسول فيجوز محوه ليلفّ فيه شيء، ومحو بعض الكتابة بالريق يجوز، وقد ورد النهي في محو اسم الله بالبزاق

(Raddul Muhtar – volume 1 – page 321 – Darul Kutub Ilmiyah)

Scholars have also mentioned that it is permissible to bury it, throw it in the river, or burn it after wiping away Allah’s name.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Alimah Aabedah Khatun

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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