Eight Types of Books to Avoid If You’re Muslim

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Eight Types of Fiction Books
to Avoid if You're Muslim

As we get older and learn more about Islam, there are books out there that may be “fun” to read but will slowly harm or decrease our iman (spiritual health). Bear in mind the things decreed by Allah (SWT) are haram for a reason because they will hurt us in ways we cannot comprehend.

Below is a list of topics to avoid as a practicing Muslim (I use Goodreads to check for these):

  1. Shirk (Polytheism): I’m a huge science fiction and fantasy fan, but most books out there in these genres have made-up religions that aren’t monotheistic i.e., where characters worship idols and multiple deities. Reliance or mentions of astrology also tells us it’s promoting polytheism. I usually read the title, blurb, and reviews about the book to know if a book contains shirk. Internally normalizing the language of polytheists will affect how you see and connect spiritually with Allah.
    • Examples: Daughter of the Moon G*ddess, Written in the Stars, all of Rick Riordan’s books
  1. Kufr (Atheism): This is similar to the previous topic, but instead of worshiping any deity, the stories (sometimes adamantly) say that there is no higher power and all things happen by chance/each individual is in charge of their destinies. This is again, contrary to Islam, where Allah (SWT) is in control of everything and knows our fates (qadr).
    • Examples: Road of the Lost, all of Ayn Rand’s books, all of Isaac Asimov’s books, most “hard” science fiction books
  1. Degeneracy: Books that encourage immorality among men and women like hedonism, nihilism, and liberalism where people have no respect for themselves, others, animals, and their environment, and believe that they can do whatever they want because they can. This also includes pre-marital/haram relationships, drinking alcohol, and pro-abortion attitude (i.e., situations where the involved parties don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions/take any responsibility/accountability).
    • Examples: All My Rage, Iron Widow, and many Young Adult and Adult contemporary books
  1. Islamophobia: These books have an underlying current of hate towards Islam and Muslims, and thus not easily avoided, but if we know the author’s stance on certain issues (e.g., they are Zionist) then it becomes clear.
    • Example: All of Sarah J. Maas’s books, all of Frank Herbert’s (Dune) books, the Wheel of Time series
  1. Smut/Erotica: This is pornography in book form. Usually, the covers contain scantily dressed individuals. Others are romantic fantasy books. Please check the tags and reviews on Goodreads.
    • Words to look out for: spice, smut, steamy
    • Example: All of Sarah J. Maas’s books, all of Colleen Hoover’s books, most New Adult fantasy romance books
  1. Vilifies/Misconstrues Islam: This is similar to the topic of Islamophobia, however, most of these books are usually written by non-practicing Muslims where the characters who are practicing Muslims in their books are the villains or these books have misleading/misinformation about Islam (since these “Muslim” authors are ignorant/haven’t researched properly).
    • Example: Counting Down with You, You Truly Assumed, All-American Muslim Girl, all of Tahereh Mafi’s books, all of Samira Ahmed’s books
  1. Sodomy/Homosexuality: This is a major sin that Muslims are either supporting out of ignorance or are supporting due to the fear of being “canceled” when, in fact, supporting this cause will lead to one’s downfall (both in this life and in the next). This toxic, bullying community claims they support Muslims and use Muslims’ struggles to extend to their own, yet they will never be satisfied until you validate their open sins and join them (in their sins). Unfortunately, most books published after 2015 will have this heinous agenda promoted. And beware, there are “Muslim” authors who also write and promote this (even writing for young children)! Please read the blurbs, tags on Goodreads, and reviews to see if they contain any elements of homosexuality.
    • Words to look out for: “love is love”, LGBTQAI+ (they continue to add letters to this cult), pride, queer, sapphic, bi, nonbinary, demi, pan, authors who use “pronouns” in their bios, drag queens
    • Examples: all of Aminah Mae Safi’s books, all of Adiba Jaigidar’s books, The Loophole, Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, all of Shannon Chakraborty’s books
  1. Swearing/curse words: This is something we must avoid in our daily lives, whether we speak like this or hear others, as it darkens the heart and desensitizes us to good and pleasant speech. It’s difficult to pinpoint which books have curse words, but most adult fiction have some form of swearing in them.
    • Example: many upper Young Adult contemporary books by non-Muslims, adult fiction

In sha Allah, you can be assured that my books will not contain any of these topics in support of them.

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