Most Islamic scholars agree that burning old copies of the Quran, in a respectful manner in a clean place, is acceptable as a last resort. In this case, one must ensure that the burning is complete, meaning that no words are left legible and the pages have been fully destroyed. At no time should a Quran be burned with the regular trash. Some add that the ashes should then be buried or scattered in running water (see above).
The permission for this practice comes from early Muslims, at the time ofCaliph Uthman bin Affan. After the official, agreed-upon version of the Quran had been compiled in a consistent dialect of Arabic (Mushaf), the official version was copied while the old or nonconforming Qurans were burned respectfully.
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It should be noted that all of the above pertain only to the original, Arabic text of the Quran. Translations into other languages are not considered to be Allah’s words, but rather an interpretation of their meaning. Therefore it is not necessary to discard translations in the same way, unless they also contain the Arabic text. It is recommended to treat them respectfully nevertheless.