KUCHING: Materials containing Quranic letters or verses must be disposed of in a respectful manner when no longer in use.

In giving this reminder to Muslims, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said such materials can now be properly disposed of at Darul Hana Mosque following the installation of a furnace from Terengganu.

“We have set up the mosque as the centre for the disposal of the Al-Quran and ‘mushaf’,” he said during a launching ceremony of the Al-Quran disposal site at Masjid Darul Hana yesterday.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is in-charge of the state’s Islamic affairs, said this would ensure that disposal processes were based on guidelines that safeguard the glory of the scriptures.

Dr. Abdul Rahman (second right puts pages of the Quran for disposal into the incinerator at Masjid Darul Hana Petra Jaya. Photo: Ramidi Subari.

“The Quran must be burned completely in the furnace without sparing any part. The leftovers or ashes then will be collected and put into waterproof bags to ensure that they are not blown by the wind or scattered. Later, these ashes will be thrown into the sea,” he explained.

The facility, he said, was the second after the one set up at Masjid Assyakirin in Bintulu in 2015.

“The incinerator from Terengganu cost RM16,000. For the sake of efficiency, I suggest all mosques and suraus in Kuching collect the materials they want to dispose of and then given them to the disposal site. These include any prints that contain verses from the Al Quran. The first 5kg will cost RM20, and then RM2 for each subsequent kilogramme,” he said.

The idea of setting up the furnace at Darul Hana Mosque was pioneered by former Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak director, Ismaili Bujang Pit, who now heads Darul Hana Mosque cooperative at Muara Tebas.