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(Jerusalem Post) Using toilet paper is allowed in Islam but water should be the primary source of cleansing, according to a Fatwa released by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (the Diyanet), Hurriyet reported on Thursday.

 

The idea that using toilet paper is prohibited stems from the idea that paper can be used for writing.

 

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“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used. 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,” the fatwa declared.

 

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