Turkey's top religious authority says toilet paper is 'halal'

Published: April 9, 2015


Turkey’s top religious authority issued a fatwa on Thursday allowing Muslims to use toilet paper, but clarified water is still preferable for cleansing after using the washroom.

“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used,” the Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, said in a statement about the fatwa.

“Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper,” it added.

The previous prohibition on the use of toilet paper was established by Qadaahul Haajah. The rules were conceived before the invention of toilet paper or toilet seats. While not compulsory, they are observed by many devout Muslims.

Diyanet last month also approved hand sanitizers containing alcohol.

“While it is forbidden to drink substances containing alcohol that were produced for cleaning purposes, it is acceptable to use them for cleaning. Therefore the places that were cleaned with such substances need not be washed before performing a prayer,” the Diyanet said, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The Diyanet also ruled that people may only beg out of desperation.

Those who beg for money beyond their immediate needs are “demanding the fire of hell,” the paper reported.

This article originally appeared on the Hurriyet Daily News.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye
    Apr 9, 2015 - 5:58PM

    I would wish that these mullahs and imams would engage in life’s more important issues rather than in hair-splitting frivolous semantics over which they are just itching to issue fatwas and confuse the common man. Did they know that in most Arab countries, before the oil wealth was discovered, the poor people in the Arab Gulf used to defecate in the sand and then “clean” themselves by using sand. There was no toilet paper then; and certainly no water in the desert. Recommend

  • Tariq
    Apr 9, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Good to know :)Recommend

  • Animal Farm
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:19AM

    Toilet Paper is way more hygenic than rubbing with odd number of stonesRecommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:56AM

    OOOooooh !…….. Maulana Sirani must be saying ‘ Why didn’t I think of that .’Recommend

  • Laughter is the best medicine
    Apr 10, 2015 - 2:15AM

    These jokers from Turkey made me laugh as I was surfing through the ET pages. Ha, ha, ha …. My sides are splitting. But, on a serious note, don’t these mullahs (be it Turkish, Arabs or Pakistanis) have better things to do then pass judgment on such trivial issues which pale before all the life’s misery that is weighing upon the majority of Muslims (not just in “classic” problem country Pakistan) but also in the Arab world? It’s little wonder that the Muslims of the world have become the laughing stock of the world. Nobody respects them; and they continue to make noises and engage in creating problems wherever they go. Can we not produce some great thinkers, scientists, researchers, non-violent peace lovers? Recommend

  • Amir
    Apr 10, 2015 - 9:52AM

    I just fell of my seat laughing…

    Can we please also get verdict from our CIC committee…it is very important that they are on the same titanic boat…Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Apr 12, 2015 - 4:00PM

    Halal or no Halal you have to use it or you are stuck with it. (My Fatwa)Recommend

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