Reading Literary Fiction

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about the use and benefit of literary fiction, and advises on their possible detriment to faith and love of Allah. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I would like to ask a question regarding reading literature: I always enjoyed reading and, especially growing up, I spent many hours […]

Is It Islamically Permissible to Write Fiction?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service Question: Assalam alaykum, I’ve always been drawn to stories. Is it permissible to write fiction in Islam? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. American Muslims need not be content with just adopting good cultural norms; […]

Is it Permissible To Teach English Literature?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Is it halal for me to study to become an english literature teacher? Answer: assalamu `alaykum Yes, it is perfectly fine for you to study and teach English Literature. In fact, scholarship, both classical and contemporary, generally engaged in the study of literature due to the fact that it […]

Reading Literature

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: What literature would be considered “lewd” or “promoting the impermissible,” and therefore to be avoided? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Literary works whose general contents are permissible are permissible, even if they contain some incidental or secondary reprehensible content. However, works whose primary contents are impermissible […]

Does the Shari`ah Permit Reading Non-Islamic Literature?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I was interested in understanding how non-Islamic literature (fiction novels) is viewed according to the Shariah. I understand certain things are undoubtedly impermissible, such as pornographic literature, but what about novels such as 1984, Harry Potter, Kite Runner, etc. ? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray […]