April 11, 2015

Turkey's top religious authority says Muslims can now use toilet paper

Rebel Staff

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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commented 2016-03-04 23:11:19 -0500
I know it’s easy to make fun of but their telling people it’s best to wash with water is actually one of the few times I’ve seen any religion encourage behavior that is truly better for you. Smearing with wads of toilet paper is not only not very hygienic it’s just plain nasty and with our superior plumbing there is no excuse not to get a Hand Bidet Sprayer and wash instead of wipe! See bathroomsprayers.com.
commented 2015-04-13 11:38:56 -0400
@ Brenda Just swallow your pride and whatever else you “ate”.
commented 2015-04-13 01:18:51 -0400
that should read hate, not ate…we need an edit button….
commented 2015-04-13 01:18:00 -0400
I really ate to ask this, but what do they “use” if not toilet paper?
commented 2015-04-12 23:21:10 -0400
In all seriousness you know a religion has become to invasive when you have to get their permission to wipe your bum. And I pity the guy who has to enforce the rules.
commented 2015-04-12 19:55:36 -0400
Way to go in moving forward! Now you understand when we call you “asswipes”!Does it have to be Halal bum wad they use?
commented 2015-04-12 14:15:53 -0400
Next thing on the Muslim agenda: Using something other than curry to scent the house!
commented 2015-04-12 11:58:21 -0400
A word of caution to my Muslim friends. This is how the “Great Satan” started down his slippery slope.
commented 2015-04-11 21:16:29 -0400
I had previously thought that this ‘sticky’ problem had been dealt with by the advent of the turban.
commented 2015-04-11 19:55:14 -0400
What other hygiene issues are they not telling us about?
commented 2015-04-11 17:05:32 -0400
Well, I for one am delighted that they can now use toilet paper. I would hate be beheaded by someone who hadn’t wiped his ass. That’s just plain unsanitary!
commented 2015-04-11 14:12:28 -0400
I am torn between “No Shit” and “So that was what smelled”.
commented 2015-04-11 12:40:54 -0400
“You’re going to send us all to chiropractors…from shaking our heads! "

Well, I wouldn’t want that.
commented 2015-04-11 12:30:06 -0400
You’re going to send us all to chiropractors…from shaking our heads!
But I’m hope this comes in here so they don’t have to use public sinks anymore…just ask the cleaners at fast food outlets! In this case, I think this is better known than unknown!
commented 2015-04-11 11:02:41 -0400
You know, I think some things are better left unknown.
commented 2015-04-11 10:59:45 -0400
Nobody is “secure”, Joan. Security is an illusion. Anything can happen at any time, and all one’s preparations can be toast in that instant. That being said, the best defense to this religious (and, for now, political) onslaught is a government that won’t take this… um… excrement. As long as our government and law enforcement (including our judicial system, in which most of us have very little faith) do not cave in to these minority demands, the risk level will be low. No risk is entirely eliminated. Stand up to bullies, plain and simple. They cannot intimidate someone who refuses to be intimidated.

But I’m glad to hear that the Turkish Muslims can now join the rest of the world in using (horrors!) that evil Western concept of (can you believe it???) “toilet paper”…!
commented 2015-04-11 10:39:57 -0400
Geez Joan, I have purposely avoided these videos re: the beheadings, Ya just can’t unsee that crap, I saw enough of this kind of butchery in the Congo when I was younger ………. Back to the therapist.
commented 2015-04-11 09:05:07 -0400
Maybe that is an Erdogan thing because other Islamists frankly don’t care where or how or on whom they excrete their cultural waste.

Are you among those who thinks we are secure here in Canada? Think again: http://sendvid.com/embed/xfyug06i
commented 2015-04-11 08:49:49 -0400
They forgot to mention orientation of the toilet or latrine pit in relation to Mecca. These days you would need a GPS to get it right.
commented 2015-04-11 07:01:45 -0400
Refreshing to see Muslim culture moving ahead with leaps and bounds. You would have thought that the French bidet would have been all the rage as it utilizes water; but, perhaps the Grande Religious Muftis associate French culture too closely with Charlie Hebdo and free speech which would make an erstwhile cleansing act, haram.