Unintentional disrespect for islamic text

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I have a table that has three shelves. I sleep on the floor next to the table therefore often I place things on the lowest shelf because that is within reach. My computer is placed on the top shelf, therefore when I work on my computer, the lowest shelf automatically becomes my foot rest. I have a notebook on which I had written two pages of Quranic references, such as Surah and Ayah numbers, brief explanation in english as part of notes, and a few mentions of the name of Allah ﷻ‎ and the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ‎ (all in English) I took during a class. Besides the two pages the rest of the notebook is empty. I had placed this notebook on the lowest shelves when I was laying in bed. When I got up to use my computer, my feet used the shelf as the foot stool instinctively and layed on the notebook for a few seconds until I realized what the notebook contained. I placed the notebook higher up immediately.

1. Did this count as disrespect and blasphemy even though this was unintentional and did this result in kufr?
2. How does one take care of notebooks and such that have Islamic text written in them in any language once those notebooks have no more space ?
3. In today’s age, would you say it is better to use digital means to take Islamic notes so as to avoid disrespecting the text altogether ?

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Asked on December 26, 2016 1:20 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

1.) No/ No – make istighfaar.
2.) If not in use, bury them.
3.) Yes, if you have the capacity.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on January 11, 2017 4:55 pm