Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
I pray you are well and in good faith and health.
It would be permissible to read Stephen Hawking’s books if they do not contain anything contrary to shari’a.
Reading is essential to human intellectual development, especially from a young age. However, one has to be guided and directed all the way. Even as adults, one must seek direction and guidance from scholars and learned religious people.
As an adult, if one reads books from one’s academic studies that contain anything contrary to shari’a, one has to seek supervision and guidance to not muddy one’s mind.
One way of avoiding falling for wrongful understanding is to seek knowledge in sound faith, practice, and spiritual excellence and to practice one’s religion by attending the local masjid for prayer and attending circles of knowledge and remembrance. This is the only way to safety.
We strongly advise you to watch some of our Belief (Aqida) courses, which include:
What Muslims Believe and Why: Dardir’s Kharida al-Bahiyya
The Belief of the Masses: What Muslim Youth Need to Know
I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.