Sometimes I'll pass a note to someone, for what ever reason, for instance I might write to someone:

I will see you tomorrow, Insha'Allah.

That piece of paper is sent on to them and maybe sent back to me (it may be a piece of shared paper we keep between us).

What do I with that paper now? How do I dispose of it? Is it any different from a normal piece of paper?

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There is more than one correct way of disposing writings which are considered holy. Based on your example, you are using the word 'Allah', this one word would be considered holy, while the rest of the text can be disposed of in any halal manner. To expand, any word or phrase using 'Allah' (Bismillah, Abdullah, etc.) would need to be treated in such a manner. I would recommend cutting out the word(s) and storing them in a safe place until you can dispose of them properly.

The traditional methods are listed below, in order of preference.

  1. Burial, preferably in a place where people will not walk over, such as a graveyard.
  2. In flowing water, so that the ink will wash out, and the paper will break up naturally.
  3. Burning, must be done completely and only with other holy material. Many say to them scatter the ashes on flowing water.

Nowadays, the following options are also available:

  • Shredding, must be done until the text is not recognizable.
  • Permanent storage, mainly used for old Qurans.

In many places, the local mosque may take your papers to dispose of them in the same manner they would with old mushafs.

  • Expanded, to differentiate between what needs to be handled differently. Sep 29, 2012 at 1:37
  • Could you provide reference for burning? Since @Ahmadi disagrees.
    – user2350
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:14

According to Fiqh of Shia Islam the name of Allah should be respected always and burning them is disrespect and Haram. They can be buried in earth or left in rivers or hided by thick black pen or delivered to centers converting them to paste for new papers and cartons.

You can place a small box in your office and collect them and once use one of above methods.


Online answering of Official website of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

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