Acquiring Books That Include Kufr
Fatwa No: 453745

Question

Assalamualaikum I’m wondering what is the ruling on owning fiction books that has shirk or kufr aspects in it. The plot itself isn’t based on kufr or shirk. Is this an action that nullifies Islam even if the doer doesn’t believe in it ? ( like those who insult the religion or says statements of kufr

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.

Merely owning a book that includes Kufr (disbelief) is not Kufr. Narrating Kufr is not Kufr by itself; this is according to the consensus of the scholars.

Ibn Muflih said in al-Furoo’:

A person who relates Kufr that he heard of and which he does not believe in does not become a Kaafir (disbeliever); perhaps this is a consensus among the scholars.” [End of quote]

It is with greater reason that the mere acquisition of books that include Kufr is not Kufr.

We advise you to avoid whispers and not be preoccupied by them.

Moreover, whoever does not have a valid purpose in acquiring such books, then he should not acquire them.

For more benefit that reporting (narrating) a statement of disbelief does not make one a disbeliever, please refer to Fatawa 352756, 449032 and 91710. Question 2798961.

Allah knows best.

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