I hope everyone is doing great, in sha Allah.
I wanted to know about the permissibility of writing Fictional stories in Islam.
I have conflicting fatwas, some saying it is permitted while the others are condemning it.
Those who say it is permitted say it because:
1) Content of the stories should be within the boundaries of the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam i.e. the storylines should not be about immodesty, immorality and violence.
2) If it is written for a purpose of deriving a moral or a lesson
Those who say it is forbidden do so because according to them:
It is based on a lie.
What i don't understand is that every reader knows that the book is a Fictional work i.e. it is from author's imagination and the events have no realexistence and is not based on a true story. How can this be classified as a lie?
It would be great if somebody could shed some light on it.