Throwing out a Food Wrapper with Islamic Text Written on it

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Seekersguidance.org

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamoalaikum,

Someone bought a food item that has a halal labeling. On the wrapper, however, it had an Arabic text written on it. I don’t speak Arabic, but I think it might be the Shahada. Then this person threw the wrapper out. Was he supposed to erase certain parts of the text before throwing it out?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

Yes, ​in general ​you should erase the name of Allah and His Messengers (Allah bless them all and give them all peace) before throwing ​​items ​ or literature ​into the trash.

​Please see: How Do You Dispose of Unwanted Islamic Literature? and: How to Get Rid of Unwanted Islamic Literature

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani