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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Fiction and Lying
It should be clear, however, that Muslim fiction is "fiction with a purpose" that can help readers learn about Islam and increase in faith. One of the scholars above (Sheikh Salman al-Oadah) has advised Muslims against reading popular romance novels and other forms of popular fiction, especially those that promote immoral behavior:
Can Muslims read romance novels and other forms of popular fiction?
On another website offering scholarly opinions, you will see the same distinction made.
In one fatwa, Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid says that reading and writing fantasy stories is a waste of time and a form of lying. (Fantasy here refers to princesses, castles, magic and things you would find in a fairy tale). In another fatwa, he says that fiction is permissible when it is for the sake of dawah (spreading Islam), but that: "One should be careful to ensure that the style, contents and goal are beneficial and that the story helps to explain something about Islam and serves as a effective means of teaching and guiding people."