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  • He Wants to Learn Arabic Date: 2-6-2020

    Can you give some tips for me as an English speaker, as I want to learn Arabic (mainly to understand the Qur’aan but also it would help with seeking knowledge of Islam in general). I can read Arabic but only understand the common words. I’ve been trying to learn the translation of surahs word by word but am not sure if this is the best way since.. More

  • She Likes Reading Romantic Stories Date: 8-4-2020

    Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh I love reading stories and i love writing them as well. I was wondering, is it haram to read a story where there is romance? When i read a story like this i do not seek to do haram things like have a boyfriend or anything like that, and i even skip the pages that have something romantic in it. Is it a.. More

  • Reading Harry Potter Novels Date: 25-12-2019

    Can I know if it is Haram to read books like Harry Potter? .. More

  • Living in country without learning its language Date: 3-1-2018

    Is it haram to live in a country permanently and not learn the language bearing in mind that it makes life difficult as well as the life of your children as you cannot do basic acts like making an appointment. For example, living in Malaysia and not being able to speak any Malaysian at all. Are people who do this sinful? .. More

  • Speaking English instead of native language Date: 3-1-2018

    Is it disliked to speak English instead of one's native language, be it Bengali, Urdu, or the like? People in Bangladesh speak half-English. They use many English words but use Bengali grammar. They also say a few sentences in English. .. More

  • Saying untrue things about oneself in poetry Date: 3-1-2018

    Assalaamu alaykum. I want to write a poem. Am I allowed to refer to myself in the poem while not actually experiencing what I am saying? For example, I write, "My lips keep telling lies," while I hardly tell lies. Is this a form of lying then? Should I make it clear to the audience that this is someone else and not me? .. More

  • Knowing Arabic and speaking other language without need Date: 29-10-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. If someone knows Arabic as well as another language, is it impermissible for him to converse in that other language except for a need or legitimate reason? Can he not talk in English or Urdu while the person with whom he is talking also knows Arabic? May Allah reward you. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi.. More

  • Nahj Al-Balaaghah is not an authentic book Date: 24-10-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum. How authentic is Nahj Al-Balaaghah? It is the book in which sayings of ‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, are mentioned and which is mostly quoted by Shias. .. More

  • Watching shows or reading novels that contain Shirk Date: 23-10-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum. Is it permissible to read novels/stories or watch shows that contain Shirk (polytheism) or parts that are contrary to the basics of ‘Aqeedah (creed) while skipping these parts? So shows that sometimes mention "gods" or have characters nicknamed as "the god of death, of destruction, etc"? I know that reading or watching this while.. More

  • Writing fictional stories Date: 7-9-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum. I am seeking your advice, Shaykh. I hope you can help me. I am writing a book (it is clearly written and categorized as fiction on the cover, in the genre, and in the book). It is about a girl who gets in an accident and believes that things are taking place, but they are actually a figment of her active imagination. At one point,.. More

  • Reading about fictional characters Date: 5-6-2017

    When we read about fictional characters, sometimes their religion is not made clear but their mannerisms resemble that of non-Muslims. Is it obligatory that we consider them Muslims in our mind? Because when I try to imagine them as Muslims, I think that because of their traits, they do not deserve to be attributed to the great religion of Islam. Moreover,.. More

  • Reading crime books for fun or to learn Date: 13-4-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum. Is it allowed to read crime books for fun or to learn? Does it refer to Laghw or not? .. More

  • Reading Persian book Shahnameh Date: 14-1-2017

    Assalaamu alaykum. Is it permissible to read Shahnameh? .. More

  • Partaking in love poetry contest Date: 4-5-2016

    Assalaamu alaykum. My college is arranging a poetry recitation competition in which the winner will be awarded a certain sum of money. I read in one of your fatwas that love poems about indefinite women are allowed. Can you please tell which body parts of a woman can be described for the poem to remain lawful? If I recite such a poem and become the.. More

  • Writing decent love poems without identifying one's beloved Date: 15-3-2016

    Assalaamu alaykum. I read in one of your fatwas that its permissible to write love poems without indicating a particular woman and without expressing vulgarity. Suppose that I love a girl and want to marry her and kept the feeling to myself and took no haram actions. Can I write a poem about this feeling of love in a way that does not identify the girl.. More