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Rules Pertaining to Entering the Toilet with Al-Mushaf

MIT
10/9/2017
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All the praises and thanks be to Allah Alone. Prayers and peace of Allah be upon our Prophet, Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.


Preoccupation with the Quran is one of the most virtuous acts of worship, whether by reciting it, pondering on its meanings, or working according to its teachings. The companions, may Allah be pleased with them, have received this Noble Quran, realizing the honor which Allah, Glorified and Exalted, has bestowed upon them.


However, a Muslim is obliged to avoid any action that is contrary to the glorification of Allah and the greatness of His remembrance. So, he should spare no effort to glorify Allah and honor the remembrance of Allah. Allah Says:

ذَلِكَ وَمَن يُعَظِّمْ شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّهَا مِن تَقْوَى الْقُلُوبِ

{… And whosoever honors the Symbols of Allah, then it is truly from the piety of the heart.} [22:32].

Therefore, entering the toilet or the bathroom while carrying the Mushaf is totally not permissible because it shows disrespect to the Mushaf except in a case of necessity. Even entering a bathroom or a toilet with the material that contains Allah's name or the like is actually an act of disrespect even if one does not intend so. It is narrated in a Hadith that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to remove his ring engraved with Muhammad is the messenger of Allah whenever he went to the toilet. Though many scholars considered this Hadith weak the above verse proves the same meaning hence the Muslim scholars relied on it. 

It is reported by Ikrimah  that whenever Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) went to the toilet he used to give me his ring. A Muslim should avoid taking the Mushaf or any material that contains Allah's Name or His Dikr (remembrance) to impure places such as toilets. If one cannot do so or forgets to keep it outside and remembers before beginning to answer the call of nature then he should return back to put it outside. If he does not remember it except after beginning to answer the call of nature then he should cover it as reported from Ikrimah who said: "If one is compelled to enter the toilet with his ring that contain Allah's Dikr he should take it inside his palm and then hold it with his finger" [ Ibn Abu Shaibah ].

But, if someone cannot find a secure place to keep the Mushaf till he come out of the

toilet, or fear lest it should be stolen, in this state he may take it with him and there is nothing wrong. Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He states:

وَقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُم مَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِلَّا مَا اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إِلَيْهِ"

"…And He has already made plain to you what He has forbidden to you-- excepting what you are compelled to…" (Surah Al-An`am:119). If Allah allows the prohibited in case of necessity, the Makruh is more likely to be permissible in case of necessity.






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