Q. What is the ruling regarding the reading of novels, books etc.?
A. It is permissible to sell and read novels and other literature on condition that its contents are not against Shariah or the values of Shariah.
Novels and literature containing vulgarity, immorality etc. are detrimental to one’s Imaan and are not permissible to sell or read.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
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