Is Reading Erotic / Adult Stories Permitted in Islam?

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Is Reading Erotic / Adult Stories Permitted in Islam?

Is Reading Erotic / Adult Stories Permitted in Islam? – It is not permissible at all.

In Chapter 24, Verse 30 of the Quran, Allah SWT says, 

“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.”


Firstly, Allah SWT is the All-Knowing; He knows what’s in our minds and hearts at all times. As true believers, we should feel ashamed to read immoral content knowing that Allah is fully aware of our actions. Engaging with such material displeases our Creator and goes against the Islamic principles of morality and piety. We must remember that this life is a test, and succumbing to temptations that displease Allah will only distance us from His mercy.

The Quran reminds us: 

“Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing of what is within the hearts.” (33:51)

 As Muslims, we must guard our hearts and minds, keeping them pure through remembrance of Allah and adhering to the straight path. Seeking forgiveness and striving for righteousness brings us closer to our Lord.

Ruling on reading erotic stories with one’s spouse

Reading Erotic Stories: An Unwise Path for Believers

Indulging in erotic stories, even between spouses, leads one down an unwise path with serious consequences.

Firstly, these stories promote sin by supporting those who write, publish, and distribute such immoral material. As Allah reminds us, we should not enable others to spread evil.

Additionally, these graphic tales are penned by those disconnected from principles of religion and manners. Reading such corrupted content normalizes immorality in society, even inadvertently. The Prophet (PBUH) warned us to avoid companions who can spiritually burn or poison us.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: 

“The likeness of a good companion and a bad one is that of the one who carries musk and the one who works the bellows. As for the one who carries musk, either he will give you some or you will buy some from him, or you will notice a nice smell from him. And as for the one who works the bellows, either he will burn your clothes or you will notice an unpleasant smell from him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5534; Muslim, 2628.

Furthermore, these stories breed unrealistic expectations through exaggerated accounts of intimacy. This breeds discontentment between couples.

There is also the danger of these stories corrupting children who stumble upon them, creating distrust between parent and child.

Sincere believers should reflect on the wisdom in abstaining from what is clearly haram and unpleasing to Allah. Permissible sources of pleasure are abundant, and guarding our souls and society from corruption is paramount. Righteousness starts with resisting temptation – may Allah make it easy for us

The Islamic Stance Against Obscenity

Seeking sexual pleasure outside of marriage goes against Islamic principles. The Quran condemns fahsha (lewdness/obscenity) in multiple verses. Engaging with erotic material reduces people to mere bodies for enjoyment rather than honored persons. This is fundamentally dehumanizing.

Even for non-religious people, viewing others as objects feels inherently repulsive. Pornography is a prime example, as it removes the interpersonal, human element from intimacy. Respect breaks down when people treat each other this way.

Reading erotica is textual voyeurism, taking pleasure in imagining intimate acts. This violates the sanctity of human dignity, much like visual porn. Though it does not visibly harm anyone, it degrades the reader internally over time.

Obscene pleasures conflict with morality and respect in society. The more one engages with it privately, the more they may feel disconnected from true human relationships. An underlying feeling emerges that they are only pretending to be upright.

While occasional indiscretion may not cause noticeable damage, a wise person recognizes the wisdom in avoiding what displeases God. Salvation comes from resisting temptation and upholding human dignity. The fruits of righteousness manifest in warm, caring communities.

Overall the message is clear: seekers of truth should stay far from obscenity, as it dehumanizes others and degrades ourselves. Our creator knows best what maintains spiritual purity and social harmony.

Ruling on reading stories with sexual content and looking at dirty pictures

One aim of Islamic law is to protect human dignity and lineage through honoring modesty and chastity. For this reason, marriage is prescribed while fornication, adultery, homosexuality and other acts are strictly forbidden. Anything that could lead to these sins is also prohibited, like intermixing between unrelated men and women or cultivating illicit friendships and attractions. Islam mandates modest dress and separation of the sexes to close the doors to temptation.

A key principle is that whatever enables sin is itself sinful. Provoking unlawful desires often leads people to pursue haram acts to satisfy them. Reading erotic stories, viewing pornography and other indecencies inflame passion and drive vulnerable souls toward sexual transgression. We must avoid these dangerous influences and repent if we have indulged in them before.

True piety requires distancing ourselves from temptations and focusing our energies on righteousness. We beseech Allah to grant us purity of heart, accept our repentance, and envelop us in His vast mercy and protection from sin. With faith and wisdom, we can attain inner chastity and contentment.

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