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Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:31  GMT

Al-Salâm `Alaykum. I am a Muslim girl studying English literature at university. Occasionally, I come across some poems or literary works that do not conform to my Islamic principles, things like denying the divinity of Allah. I really feel bad about them. Is it permissible to study such literature as long as I do not believe in it, or is studying this literature considered a sin ?



Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:24  GMT

Can Muslims read romance novels and other forms of popular fiction that focus on and glorify extramarital male-female relationships?



Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:22  GMT

I love to write poetry. It is a hobby of mine. I write it for my own pleasure. Is it lawful in Islam for me to do so?



Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:20  GMT

I had been reading some novels that were written with an Islamic outlook. I was impressed by them and recommended them to a friend of mine. When he heard me praising these novelse, he said to me: "Don't you know that fiction is unlawful, becuase it is a type of lie and lying is forbidden?" Please inform me of whether or not what my friend said is true.



Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:17  GMT

It is not allowed in Islam to lie, even when joking. But does it also count as a lie if what the person is saying is simply sarcastic, and the other person knows that it is just mean to be that way. For example, if I am writing something down and someone looks at me and asks: "Are you writing?", and I say: "No, I am playing football." In these cases it is just sarcasm and it is too obvious that it is not true. Please help me out with this one, as so many of us indulge into su ...



Last Modified:  22 Aug 2011 08:06  GMT

Some people take the words of the Qur'ân and hadîth and use them in their poems and speeches as if they were their own words. They use the same words, but for different meanings than they were originally intended, as if it was something clever, since everyone listening can recognize the original and see how the speaker or poet is using it. Is this practice disrespectful of the Qur'ân and the Prophet (peace be upon him)?



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2010 03:10  GMT

What is the ruling on going to funfairs, as many of the rides are in the shape of animals (horses, monkeys), and sometimes also have images of animals on them, such as the adornment above the ride. Do these come under the same heading as the images that are forbidden in Islam, and based on that is it not permissible to go to these funfairs?



Last Modified:  21 Nov 2010 03:10  GMT

I am a student who is currently in England for my studies but Alhamdulilah I have no problem in practicing my religion, especially prayers. I know that reading storybooks involving magic and fantasy are not permissible especially given that they are a waste of time. However does reading them take one out of the fold of Islam since magic is kufr?



Last Modified:  02 Oct 2010 02:10  GMT

What is the ruling on voice-acting on the radio? I have searched a great deal on all the websites of the senior shaykhs such as Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, and others, and I could not find any clear answer.



Last Modified:  14 Jul 2010 02:10  GMT

Is it allowed to women to watch football games on Television ?



Last Modified:  11 Jul 2010 02:10  GMT

I have heard many fatwas concerning chess saying that it is Haraam for having statues in it , it leads to a sort of conflict between people and some words are used in it such as King is dead , Rook , queen , etc.. , So I was thinking about playing it on the computer against an artificial intelligence ( Program ) which everything will be on the screen of the computer and Ill be playing chess against myself? I am not 100% addicted to chess but I kind of like to play it once each two days or so.



Last Modified:  04 Jul 2010 02:10  GMT

Insha Allaah i am getting married soon and i would like to know if video taping the wedding would be haraam. I know that taking pictures via a camera is haraam but i would like to know if video taping falls under the same category as photography. There are people who would like us to video tape the wedding but my intended and i would not like to compromise with picture taking, so we were wondering if we could video tape it instead.




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