Respect for Deeni Kitaabs pt2
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) was once asked regarding placing deeni kitaabs in a bathroom and toilet that was built but not yet used. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) replied that, apparently this does not seem to be correct. Although the bathroom and toilet have thus far not been used at all, however since they have been built for the purpose of one relieving oneself and bathing, it is against the dictates of adab (etiquette) to place deeni kitaabs therein. Upon hearing this answer, an educated person who was present at that time enquired, “Doesn’t the impermissibility apply to when the bathroom and toilet are already in use?” Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) said that the Jurist have used the words المعد لذلك (i.e. the Quraan, hadeeth or deeni kitaabs should not be taken to any place that has been designed and prepared for such a purpose). By pondering over the statement of the Jurist, one understands that the ruling will relate to a place that has been built for this purpose, irrespective of whether people have commenced using it or not. Moulana further explained that just as it is impermissible for one to place a pair of new shoes on a deeni kitaab, though one had not yet began using it, similarly will be the ruling in this case. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) then mentioned that etiquette revolves around the general practice of society. One should see whether something is regarded as etiquette in society or not.
-Malfooz of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi)