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Regarding reading or writing fictional stories


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

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