Giving old newspapers to the dry cleaner or bread seller

Q: I have many old discarded newspapers. Is it permissible to give them to the dry cleaner or bread seller to make use of?


A: It is not permissible to give old newspapers to the dry cleaner to wrap clothes in or to the bread seller to wrap bread in, because they usually include Islamic articles that contain Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) and Hadiths, along with many of the Names of Allah (Glorified be He). Therefore, using newspapers in wrapping things would involve desecration of the Qur’an, Hadiths, and the Names of Allah mentioned in them. Consequently, they must be saved, burned, or buried in a pure place.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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