Q: Is it permissible to
burn worn-out Mus-hafs (written copies of the Qur’an) or copies containing misprints and bury them?
If the Mus-haf papers become worn out or torn due to frequent reading, for example, or are no longer usable and legible, or contain unrectifiable misprints, it is permissible to burry them without burning, or burn and bury them away from dirt and footpaths so as to preserve them from desecration, and preserve the Qur’an from any confusion or distortion due to the spread of copies containing misprints. (Part No. 4; Page No. 141) It is authentically reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari, under the chapter titled "Compiling the Qur’an", that
`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) ordered four of the best reciters among the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) to transcribe several copies of the Mus-haf (manuscript of the Qur’an), which was compiled into one manuscript by the command of
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them). When they finished
`Uthman sent a copy of the transcribed Mus-haf to every territory. He also ordered that any other written records of the Qur’an be burnt. None among the Sahabah objected, except for what was reported that
Ibn Mas`ud did. Yet, Ibn Mas‘ud objected to confining people to the Mus-haf that was sent by
`Uthman to the territories, not to the burning process.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.