The ‘Green Box’

To prevent the damaged pages from the Quran (the Holy Book) and other ‘Holy Scriptures‘ from being thrown in the garbage or on the roads, the Punjab Quran Board has affixed a number of these ‘Green Boxes‘ around the city in different localities.

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I’ve seen them on the bank of Lahore Canal at different places from Saddar Underpass to Thokar Niaz Baig. I’ve also seen it on the Ravi Bridge near Shahdrah Town.

I’s thinking that why these boxes were only placed near or on the bridges of the canal and even on the river..? Why not near the Masjids (the Holy Prayer Place for Muslims), the educational institutions, in the markets and some other public place..?

How it is possible that a page from within the university or from any Masjid would come on the bridge through air and some person would pick it up and will put it in the box..? 8-|

9 Comments so far

  1. purple pineapple (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 4:45 am

    i think it has to do with the fact that it’s better to let the paper with the holy writing on it wash in running water than let it throw it in water. and so people who do end up with torn pieces throw them in water, hence the boxes near the canals.

    my question is, what are they going to do with these papers the collect? recycle them? =/


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    correct.


  3. SELF (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 5:39 am

    I suspect so much other garbage will be thrown into these boxes it will beat the whole purpose.


  4. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 5:53 am

    Maybe some ppl dont know where to take torn/old pages/books. Maybe its a good option for them. Hope ppl wont misuse it :|


  5. Asad Sarwar (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    These boxes are near rivers because to discard holy pages it is allowed to flow them in river. Since rivers at those time use to be clean thats why it was allowed. But now we all know the situation of our rivers. Thats why to prevent holy pages to be thrown in polluted waters, it is better to put in these green boxes?


  6. Asad Sarwar (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    These boxes are near rivers because to discard holy pages it is allowed to flow them in river. Since rivers at those time use to be clean thats why it was allowed. But now we all know the situation of our rivers. Thats why to prevent holy pages to be thrown in polluted waters, it is better to put in these green boxes.


  7. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

    i think teh green boxex are placed only close to the rivers and all is because people believe (and i dont know if it allowed in islam or not) but they say that when pages from The Holy Quran are falling out you can put them in the clean water, (sea or river) in order to prevent insult to The Holy Book. but what i dont understand is that you wrote “To prevent the damaged pages from the Quran (the Holy Book) and other ‘Holy Scriptures’ from being thrown in the garbage or on the roads, the Punjab Quran Board has affixed a number of these ‘Green Boxes’ around the city in different localities.’
    why would ANYONE throw the pages on the ROAD OR THE GARBAGGE???


  8. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

    i think teh green boxex are placed only close to the rivers and all is because people believe (and i dont know if it allowed in islam or not) but they say that when pages from The Holy Quran are falling out you can put them in the clean water, (sea or river) in order to prevent insult to The Holy Book. but what i dont understand is that you wrote “To prevent the damaged pages from the Quran (the Holy Book) and other ‘Holy Scriptures’ from being thrown in the garbage or on the roads, the Punjab Quran Board has affixed a number of these ‘Green Boxes’ around the city in different localities.’
    why would ANYONE throw the pages on the ROAD OR THE GARBAGE???


  9. >man!< (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    @ Purple PineApple:

    I have two answers for it..

    One is that the papers are collected and are sent for recycling so that they are melt and are reproduced in a news clean paper.

    (I m just telling that what they do.. don’t ask is it Islamic or not!)

    The second is that there is a place in Sindh or in Southern Punjab (I don’t know exactly) where there is a person who collects all these torn pages of holy scriptures from Quran and other Islamic books and place them in a glass aquarium like boxes and even paste it on the walls of the tunnel. I actually saw a TV documentary on it. It reported the tunnel runs a few kilometers under the mountains where there are these collected torn pages. The person aims to have the biggest collection of holy scriptures in the world. I hardly remember that it also reported that even there are some centuries old scriptures in the Library made inside that tunnel.

    More information on this topic is welcommed.



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