Ordering delivery of purchased Mus-haf or Islamic books to one's home
Fatwa No: 349651

Question

Is it permissible to order things online for them to be delivered to my house, such as the Quran; books of Hadith; or anything mentioning Allaah, His prophets, or things about Islam? These delivery packages might be thrown around by Muslims or non-Muslims who do not know what is in them. Please give a detailed answer.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 

There is no harm in buying the Mus-haf (copy of the Quran) or books on Islamic knowledge online and ordering that they be delivered to your house.

However, if it is known or predominantly thought that buying in this way exposes the Quran and books on Islamic knowledge to be touched by the non-Muslims or carried by them, then it seems that this is forbidden.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) forbade traveling with the Quran to the land of the enemy lest it falls into their hands.

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that "the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) forbade traveling with the Quran to the land of the enemy." [Al-Bukhaari]

The Kuwaiti Fiqh Encyclopedia reads, "A non-Muslim is forbidden from working in printing the Quran. Al-Qalyoobi said, 'A non-Muslim is forbidden from binding the Quran and gilding it.' However, Al-Buhooti said, 'It is permissible for a non-Muslim to make copies of the Mus-haf without touching or carrying it.'

Allah knows best.

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