They use toilet paper in Afghanistan?

Surprise, surprise!

And you thought they use uneven numbers of pebbles, not bones or dung, because they are the food of the jinn, right?

Anyhow, when I traveled around Afghanistan in the late sixties the only toilet paper available was what I carried with me in the car. That’s progress!

Afghanistan: Demonstrators riot, partially destroy paper mill that recycled Qur’ans into toilet paper — three paper mill employees arrested

So what is a pious Muslim supposed to do with his worn-out copy of the Qur’an? Traditionally these have been burned, but that is a highly charged practice these days. And obviously you can’t give them to the paper mill to be recycled. “Three Afghans held for disrespecting Qur’an,” from the Gulf Times, April 19 (thanks to JW):

Three people have been arrested as officials probe claims that a paper mill in Afghanistan recycled copies of the Holy Qur’an into toilet paper, the attorney general’s office said yesterday. Around 1,000 angry demonstrators, some throwing stones, held a protest on Monday at the mill on the outskirts of Kabul, leaving the building partially destroyed. Copies of the Qur’an were found inside the factory, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said, adding that no-one was injured in the protest. “The attorney general’s office and Kabul police have jointly tasked a delegation to investigate the alleged disrespect to our holy book in that factory,” a spokesman said.


2 thoughts on “They use toilet paper in Afghanistan?”

  1. You couldn’t make it up!

    Have you noticed how, sometimes, on recycled paper you can see letters and parts of words? Just imagine..

  2. Amazing that muslims have such a weak faith that they murder on any imagined slight against the drivel that passes for their “holy” book!!!!

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