Destroying non-Islamic books

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Q: I am a non-Muslim who wants to return to Islam. There are many books that I have gotten as gifts when I was younger, bought for me by my parents, or stolen from schools that I attended. I suspect that many of these books may have content that may be forbidden in Islam (American fiction books, picture books of people and animals, and other suspect content), and I want to get rid of them. My family does not want me to get rid of them (they relocated most of them to my aunts house) and I think it would be difficult to get rid of them, how should I get rid of them?


A: The only other way that is left is that under some pretext get the books, destroy them and inform them that the books are lost.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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