Using newspapers as eating mats and spreads

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan – Volume 2, Page 299, Fatwa No.266

Question: What is the ruling regarding eating and drinking from daily newspapers and [in particular] those who use them as [eating] mats and spreads for their food [considering] there are Qur.aanic verses and noble ahaadeeth on them?

Response: If you find on a newspaper anything from the verses [of the Qur.aan] or from the Names [and Attributes] of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala), then remove them from it [the newspaper] and burn it, bury it or [simply] place it in a clean and elevated place, then use the newspaper. And if the newspaper does not have any [Qur.aanic] verses or ahaadeeth or [any] mention of [the Names and Attributes of] Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) within it, then there is no prohibition in using it, ripping it up and disposing of it or eating from it.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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