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The Novel Deception





Shaitaan, the devil deceives many women into believing that they are enjoying peace and happiness when they enter the fiction, fabrication, imagination and fantasy world of a novel, or its new sister ‘the blog’. They try to run away from problems and worries by reading pages upon pages of lies and darkness.


Remember! Just as doing and seeing sinful actions are forbidden, likewise to imagine and picture strange men and obscene scenes are also forbidden. Hours spent in sinful reading only adds to our problems and worries. Sin brings sadness and depression. This is the devils way of leading us away from Allah Ta‘ala. We lose all hope in Allah Ta‘ala and end up looking for comfort in a life of sin. It is like trying to feel comfortable while sitting in a house on fire!


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Q: Is reading books/novels allowed in Islam? If so what type of novels/books are permissible to read? Fictional or non fictional?


A: A book is an influential companion. A companion can guide and misguide. The hadeeth very strongly condemns bad company. Hence, books that we read should guide us to righteousness and they should not be books that will confuse us and corrupt our behaviour, thinking and conduct.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

أبا بردة بن أبي موسى عن أبيه رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مثل الجليس الصالح والجليس السوء كمثل صاحب المسك وكير الحداد لا يعدمك من صاحب المسك إما تشتريه أو تجد ريحه وكير الحداد يحرق بدنك أو ثوبك أو تجد منه ريحا خبيثة(صحيح البخاري #2101)

عن أبي هريرة قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم الرجل على دين خليله فلينظر أحدكم من يخالل (جامع الترمذي #2378)

عن أبي سعيد أنه سمع رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول لا تصاحب إلا مؤمنا ولا يأكل طعامك إلا تقي (جامع الترمذي #2395)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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