In Islam, toilet etiquette is called Qadaa al-Haajah and contains rules that predate the invention of toilet paper.
According to the NYPost, Muslims must squat or sit – but not stand – while relieving themselves. They also must remain silent while on the toilet and leave with the right foot while saying a prayer.
Now, Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs is saying toilet paper is okay. Sometimes.
“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,” Turkey's top religious authority said in a statement.
In addition to toilet paper, hand sanitizers containing alcohol also recently got green-lit.
“While it is forbidden to drink substances containing alcohol that were produced for cleaning purposes, it is acceptable to use them for cleaning. Therefore the places that were cleaned with such substances need not be washed before performing a prayer,” the Diyanet said.
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