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Writing stories

Fatwaa ID: 1921

Question:

  • Question 1:

“It’s a question regarding a writing project. A person wants to create a retelling of Cinderella, which means she will use the basic story elements but present it in a different way without any magic. But it won’t include any Religious elements as well. As a Muslim, she wants to ensure this doesn’t come across as imitating unbelievers or acknowledging them. So Is this project acceptable?”

  • Question 2:

“A lady is working on a novel that explores the sin of backbiting from an Islamic perspective. The story follows a character named Iman, a university student. She loves backbiting. She experiences a unique and unsettling phenomenon each time she gossips: she finds herself consuming a dead body. This strange phenomenon is happening in a dream. It’s at the end of the novel that the character will know it was a bad dream. And the readers as well. But afterwards she will hate this sin forever. It’s a fiction. Before she proceeds further, she’d appreciate your guidance on whether this concept aligns with Islamic principles. She wants to make the novel both meaningful and appealing to a wide readership.

Another novel: the main character experiences a unique and symbolic phenomenon: his hidden sins transform into a terrible, unbearable smell that follows him everywhere. As a result, everyone around him flees from the stench. This transformation and its consequences occur in a dream as well.”

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. It will be permissible to retell the story of Cinderella provided that one does not violate any of the values of Islam. Likewise, it should not be an encouragement or legitimization of something unIslamic. The classical story of Cinderella in itself is contrary to Islamic values and teachings. Thus, great consideration must be given when retelling it that Islamic values are maintained and encouraged.
  2. May Allaah Ta’aala reward her. Such novels that are meaningful and encourage morals and values are permissible. She may proceed with the above two novels.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

05/02/1445 AH – 11/16/2023 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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