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The question below was kindly answered by Brother Hamid Mavani.

Regards

Abbas Jaffer
Acting Moderator - ABDG-A.

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Question

I know that papers that have the name of God, or Ahlul Bayt on them
cannot be burnt.  We can either throw them in the sea (water) or bury
them.  My question is what about recycling?  Especially since recycling
does not include burning the paper.

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Answer

Another method is by shredding the paper into tiny pieces and then disposing
of it, so long as this does not entail disrespect (hatk). (Ayat. Khu'i,
"Ath-Thaqafat-ul-Islamiyyah, p. 22)

I do not have a fatwa on the issue of recycling, however there are
hints given in the legal rulings of the jurists in other areas to
reach a tentative conclusion that it would be permissible, so long
as it does not constitute a sign of disrespect or dishonor to the
sacred personages or to Allah (s.w.t.).  For example, Ayat. Khamena'i
finds it objectionable (ishkal) to through away paper that is
partly blank and can be made use of. (Ayat. Khamena'i, "Durar-ul-
Qawa'id . . ." p. 135).  Thus, recycling, in all probability would
be permissible.

wa bi-l-laahi-t-tawfiq,

Hamid Mavani



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