Praise be to Allaah.
Reading love stories results in many evils, especially if the
reader is young. These evils include: provocation of desire, and stirring up
of bad thoughts and fantasies, attachment to the hero or heroine of the
story, and wasting time in something that brings no spiritual or worldly
benefit, rather in most cases it cases harm. Islam came to close the door
that leads to anything haraam; it enjoins lowering the gaze and forbids
being alone with a member of the opposite sex or speaking in a soft tone,
and other things that may provoke desire or lead to immoral actions.
Undoubtedly reading these stories is the exact opposite of that, because
they promote the wish to get to know men and form relationships with them,
and fall in love with them, in addition to showing immoral images of love
and meetings etc. Undoubtedly all of that is haraam.
Listening to music is haraam, because of a great deal of
evidence which we have mentioned in the answer to question no.
The same may be said about watching romantic movies as is
said about reading romantic stories, rather the movies are more harmful and
more corrupt, because they embody the meanings in moving images and scenes,
and because they show ‘awrahs and immoral actions, accompanied by music in
most cases. They provoke desires and promote immorality, as is obvious to
any wise person. It is strange that you are not bothered as the result of
watching these movies.
Conclusion: All of that is forbidden, as it leads to haraam
things and sin, and the one who does it is in grave danger. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has decreed for
the son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably get. The zina of
the eyes is looking and the zina of the tongue is speaking. The heart wishes
and hopes, and the private part confirms that or denies it.” Narrated by
al-Bukhaari (6243) and Muslim (2657). According to a report narrated by
Muslim: “The son of Adam’s share of zina has been decreed for him, which he
will inevitably get. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the ears
is listening, the zina of the tongue is speaking, the zina of the hands is
touching, and the zina of the foot is walking. The heart longs and wishes,
and the private part confirms that or denies it.” Think about this important
hadeeth, and think about the movies that you mentioned. Watching them
includes the zina of the eyes, the ears and the heart which longs and
wishes. We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.
Remember that it is obligatory to give up haraam things
immediately, and that sin after sin darkens the heart, as the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the believer commits
sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin
and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin)
increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the raan which Allaah
mentions in His Book: ‘Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of
sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn’ [al-Mutaffifeen 83:14].”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3334) and Ibn Maajah (4244); classed as hasan by
al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
You should also remember that whoever gives up something for
the sake of Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with something better than
it, so hasten to repent sincerely and give up these haraam things, and keep
yourself busy with things that will benefit your spiritual and worldly
interests. Read Qur’aan a great deal and study the biography of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the biographies of the
Mothers of the Believers and of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with
them all). Listen to useful lectures which will remind you of Allaah and
encourage you to seek the Hereafter, and help you to keep away from haraam
We ask Allaah to help and guide us and you.
And Allaah knows best.