Narrating fictitious stories

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6396, Page 230, Volume 12

Question: I narrate fictitious stories to children, and that is to encourage them to pray and be truthful, and all good things [in general]; so is this considered to be lies? [Bearing in mind] they are children, and are unaware, and don’t understand [these are fictitious stories].

Response: If these stories are real stories, then there is no harm [in narrating them]. If, however, they are not real stories and attribute such-and-such to a certain person – that which is not true, then this is not permissible because it is a lie.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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