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Reader comment on item: Istinja' with the Torah and New Testament

Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Sep 28, 2010 at 05:33

"Ash-Shams[ad-Din] Ar-Ramli [d.1004 A.D.] said in [his book of fiqh] Nihayat al-Muhtaj: "It is impermissible to use respected books like those of hadith and fiqh for anal cleansing after defecation (al-istinja',الأستنجاء ), but non-respected books like philosophy, Torah and the New Testament, which are known as corrupt and which do not contain exalted names, can be used for anal cleansing after defecation."

The fact that such comments are accepted as authoritative in an era when Muslims, no less than Jews and Christians, can study the Old and New Testaments in either the original languages or in translation shows that bigotry is acceptable to too much of the Muslim world.

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