Writing fictional stories

Question ID: 29795

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Mufti Saheb, my question is as follows:

Is it permissible for a person to write fictional stories which do not contain elements which are Haraam in Islaam, such as vulgarity, obscenity, promoting Fawaahish, etc.?

What comes to mind is the Mathnavi of Maulana Jalaal-ud-Deen Rumi; in it, there are stories which are not factual but are meant only as morals for those who read it, so will this not fall under fiction?

Also, it is permissible to, when writing on history, put the narrations into a kind of story form which makes it enjoyable to the readers, without adding into it any lies?

For example, I have heard some `Ulamaa speak in their Bayaanaat about certain events which took place in Islaam, and say things such as, “It was a bright, sunny day”, “the birds were singing”, etc, etc, all of which, of course, are not to be found in the Kutub of Taareekh. They do not alter the story itself, but do this (according to them) to make it more enjoyable to the listeners.

Is all of this Jaa’iz?

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Asked on January 6, 2014 3:33 pm
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1) It is permissible to write in the pattern of Rumi

2) Permissible

3) Although this is permissible but eventually it will lead to fabrication. For you will have birds singing in areas where there are no singing birds and bright sunny day, but in reality the incident took place in the gloomy winter.
Then what? So be cautious.

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Answered on January 6, 2014 3:33 pm