Islam gives very detailed rules on how society should function, and how Muslims should behave in daily life. Not much are left to personal freedom.
It is emphasized with a new fatwa from the Directorate for Religious Affairs in Turkey, which came out a couple of weeks ago. The fatwa says that Muslims may now use toilet paper.
This is a modernization of Islam's special set of rules for how to wipe the ass - the so-called Qadaa al-Haadja. Here it was stated that Muslims had to use the left hand and water, or possibly three stones
But at that time Qadaa al-Haadja was written, there was no toilet paper. Therefore, the Directorate for Religious Affairs saw a need to bring the rules up to date. It says in the fatwa:
"If there are no available water to make himself pure, other materials can be used. Although some sources consider paper to be inappropriate because it is used to write on, there is no problem in using toilet paper. ".
So that opens up for new opportunities for Muslims who want to live by the rules.
But the fatwa emphasizes the rules that Muslims must also comply with when they go to the bathroom: do not speak or read. They have to go in with their left foot first and leave with their right foot first. In both cases, they shall recite a prayer.
And they have to sit down, not stand up.
Welcome to 2015 and the comfort of toilet paper.
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