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Reading and Writing Fictional Stories


My children are not hugely interested in reading and writing fictional stories or poetry and I don’t encourage them too much in this. They much prefer reading from fact books. We have been making more of an effort of late to review stories of the Prophets (peace be upon them) and to learn about the lives of the Sahaba (may Allah have mercy and be please with them) as well as stories from the Qur’an and Ahadith (Prophetic Narrations)

Recently I came across rulings from the major scholars of Islam who discourage fictional story writing as there is no real benefit in it and is considered to be time wasting when one can spend time of gaining more beneficial knowledge.

Below are some of the fatwas issued from the major ulema’:


Question: What is the ruling regarding reading  or writing fictional stories and those which arouse the imagination? And if some  of them [aid in] rectify[ing] social problems, then is this  permissible?

Response: Fictional stories are from lies which  occupy the time of the writer and the reader without benefit, so abandoning  busying oneself with them is preferable. And if writing and reading [fictional  stories] occupies oneself from that which is obligatory then this [fictional  stories] is prohibited. And if it occupies oneself from that which is  recommended then this [fictional stories] is disliked. In any case, the time of  the Muslim is valuable, so it is not permissible to spend it in that which there  is no benefit.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan
ad-Durar an-Naadhirah fil-Fataaawa  al-Mu’aasirah – Pages 644-645
al-Fowzaan – ad-Da’wah 1516, Jumaada al-Oolaa  1416AH
Writing fiction

The seventh question of Fatwa no. 6252

Q 7: Is it permissible for a person to write fiction stories, which are all lies, for children to read and learn from?

A: It is Haram (prohibited) for a person to write such false stories. The stories mentioned the Qur’an, the Sunnah and other factual stories suffice and serve as moral lessons.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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