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Turkey’s Top Islamic Authority says Toilet Paper is ‘Halal’

muslimtoilet Turkey's Top Islamic Authority says Toilet Paper is 'Halal' Turkey’s Top Islamic Authority says Toilet Paper is ‘Halal’ muslimtoilet Muslims everywhere can take heart that their religion has taken the cultural leap from the Stone Age straight to the Middle Ages. [6] Turkey’s top religious authority issued a fatwa on Thursday allowing Muslims to use toilet paper, but clarified water is still preferable for cleansing after using the washroom. “If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used,” the Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, said in a statement about the fatwa. [1]  “Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper,” it added. [1] [8] The paper didn’t explain why it was even a question about whether toilet paper is halal, but the ruling will no doubt come as a relief anyone who doubted. [7] The previous prohibition on the use of toilet paper was established by Qadaahul Haajah, an extremely prohibitive set of rules detailing how and when Muslim should relieve themselves. The rules were conceived before the invention of toilet paper or toilet seats. While not compulsory, they are observed by many devout Muslims. [2] Among other things, the rules state that one should say a short prayer before and after going to the toilet, should not do your business standing up, and in fact should not take the trip to the loo at all unless absolutely necessary. For cleaning, one should use water, three stones, or one’s left hand. [2]

muslim-toilet-etiquette-02 Turkey's Top Islamic Authority says Toilet Paper is 'Halal' Turkey’s Top Islamic Authority says Toilet Paper is ‘Halal’ muslim toilet etiquette 02Diyanet last month also approved hand sanitizers containing alcohol.  “While it is forbidden to drink substances containing alcohol that were produced for cleaning purposes, it is acceptable to use them for cleaning. Therefore the places that were cleaned with such substances need not be washed before performing a prayer,” the Diyanet said, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. [4] The Diyanet also ruled that people may only beg out of desperation.  Those who beg for money beyond their immediate needs are “demanding the fire of hell,” the paper reported. [4]

MUSLIM TOILET ETIQUETTE:

1. When going to the toilet, do not touch the private parts with the right hand. (Muslim)
2. Do not cleanse the private parts with the right hand. (Muslim)
3. After relieving oneself, use three stones or three clods of clay. (Muslim)
4. When using the toilet, do not face or sit with the back towards the Qibla. (Bukhari)
5. When intending to urinate, find a suitable place of privacy. (Abu Dawood)
6. Do not urinate in stagnant water (water that does not flow). (Bukhari)
7. Do not urinate in a bathroom, as many a time due to this, evil temptations are aroused.(Tirmidhi)
8. Do not stand and urinate. (Tirmidhi)
9. Do not converse (with another person) whilst relieving oneself. (Musnad Ahmad)
10. Do not relieve oneself at riverbanks, roads and shady places where people walk or rest. (Abu Dawood)
11. Recite BISMILLAH before entering the toilet, as this will serve as a veil between the jinn and the private parts of humans. (Tirmidhi)
12. Do not perform istinja with bones or dung. (Tirmidhi) [9]

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[1] Turkish fatwa says using toilet paper is HALAL, Al Arabiya, Tuesday, 7 April 2015
[3] Islam fatwas: Eating wife, toilet paper OK, WND, 04/09/2015 at 8:13 PM
[4] Meltem Özgenç, Turkey’s top religious body allows toilet paper, Hurriyet Daily News, April/07/2015

 

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