Writing Fictional Stories or Articles Is Not a Lie
Fatwa No: 450490

  • Fatwa Date:18-11-2021 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 13, 1443
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Question

Assalamu'alaykum warahmatullahi wabarokatuh. Shaikh, I want to ask. Is writing a fictional (not real, خيالي، لا حقيقة له) example of any format of a text, such as mail, a paper about business plan/strategy (that is not intended to be done in the future because it's just made for example), and any sentence, in order to learn a language (i.e. english language homework in this case), is it, counted as lying?Shukron.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

In principle, writing fictional examples, such as stories, articles, expressions, and the like, is permissible, and it is not a forbidden lie – which is telling about reality other than what it is – but rather, it is a matter of giving examples.

The Fatwa of Ibn Hajar Al-Haythami reads:

Stories appear to be a lie, but in reality, they are not; rather, it is just giving examples.

We advise you to refrain from whispers, ignore them, and seek treatment.

Allah Knows best.

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