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Does narrative fiction constitute a lie?

Published: 22/08/2011 08:20:00 PM GMT
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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.

Answered by

Sheikh Salman al-Oadah

With respect to fiction as a literary form, it does not constitute a form of lie. The reason for this is that the fictitious narrative does not fall under the category of an allegedly factual “report”. It is more akin to citing parables. The reader is fully aware that the author is not intending to impart a strictly factual account of something that actually took place. The author is merely telling a tale to bring some meanings across to the reader.

Even though the individual events mentioned in the narrative may be everyday events, it is not necessary that they actually took place with the same details and in the same sequence with the same individuals that they occur in the story.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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