Dear Readers: I often receive queries regarding whether it is permissible for Muslims to write fiction. But writers of non-fiction also experience doubts. Let’s discuss these important issues below. Leave a comment with your opinions and insights.
Could you advise me? I have just started to pen my first book based on personal experiences on separation, losing my father to cancer and my journey raising three boys on my own. I wanted to share this with other people to inspire them.
I was told by many people that it is haram to write non-fiction and receive money for this. I really cannot see the problem as I always, when mentioning Allah, talk in a positive way; never in a negative way.
I have checked on the internet on what are the haram and halal rulings on Muslim writers writing about personal situations. But there is no clear advice. It really does vary.
Also I would never reveal the identities of people I have mentioned in the book. They names would be changed. Is that permissible?
I am a third in to writing this book and am starting to feel discouraged. Writing about my separation is healing me. I am able to cope better with separation. Allah has given me focus and direction.
1) Is it haram to write non fiction?
2) Is it haram to be paid for published work?
3) Am I doing wrong by writing about my pain and sadness?
Jazakallah for any advice you can give me.
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