Can Muslims read romance novels and other forms of popular fiction that focus on and glorify extramarital male-female relationships?
These stories take people from the real world and place them in a world of fantasy. In doing so, they give people an unrealistic concept of life as well as unrealistic expectations. These stories alienate the mind from practical concerns and impair the ability of people to cope with the real demands of society. Moreover, they are usually full of misguided ways and values. They often promote adultery, gambling, liquor and other types of immoral behavior.
I advise Muslims to avoid reading such stories. At the very least, these stories prevent those who read then from reading useful books or otherwise benefiting from their time.
It is only advisable for certain academics and concerned people to read such stories so they can be aware of what is out there. This is so they can warn others against them and respond to the mischief and false ideas that these stories introduce into our societies.
Source: Islam Today
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