Touching a Qur'an with a cover on it

Question:

I have read that if a mushaf has a cover on it, it is not permissible to touch it without wudhu and if a cloth is not sewn on, it is permissible to pick up the mushaf using that. What if the mushaf is in a ziplock bag; must one have wudhu to touch that bag? How about a suitcase or a purse whether full or empty besides the mushaf.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

A person in a state of impurity may not touch the mushaf with any material attached to either the mushaf or his/her own body. On this same concept a book cover attached to a mushaf or one's own sleeves may not be used to touch the mushaf. However if the same cover was detached from the mushaf it would be permissible to hold the mushaf using the cover. A zip lock bag, purse or suitcase containing a mushaf would be permissible to touch in a state of impurity as the mushaf is not physically connected to them.

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Ahad Yousuf Ahmed

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani