Reading novels

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Q: I would like to know whether or not it is permissible to read books which make you think of unnecessary/evil images. I am a practising Muslim, however I was enjoying the book ‘thirteen reasons why’ until I felt I needed to ask.


A: It is impermissible to read such books. The Qur’aan says: “Believers refrain from vain activities.” Why must a believer fear something that has no true existence. Why must he frighten himself or others. He needs to fear Allah Ta`ala alone.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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