Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin Al-Abbaad was asked:


Today there is in school an art that is taught. It is called the art of short stories. The students are asked to write on a specific subject in the form of a story from their imagination. So does this enter into the prohibition of storytelling


Shaikh Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbad hafidhuhallah:

“Storytelling quotes some things. As for this, he invents speech, a speech he imagines. So in the likes of this, a person should be eager in using realities, real things and he should story tell about real things, which he explains and clarifies. He does not imagine anything because he might quote something not true. It is necessary that his speech be something that is realistic and he communicates with his style and it is a realistic matter, not imaginary.


[Taken from Sharh Sunan Ibn Majah no. 267]

Translated by

Faisal ibn Abdul Qaadir ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan