What is Islamic Fiction?
This refers to creative, imaginative, non-preachy fiction books written by Muslims and marketed primarily to Muslims. Islamic Fiction may be marketed to secular markets, too. The content of these books incorporates some religious content and themes, and may include non-fictionalized historical or factual Islamic content with or without direct reference to the Qur'an or the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). The stories may also include modern, real life situations and moral dilemmas. Islamic Fiction may be written in many languages.
Our Muslim children, youth and teens are hungry to read stories with book characters and modern day settings that they can identify with and relate to. This is especially true for our Muslim kids living as minorities in a larger secular society in westernized countries.
What to Muslims have to say about Islamic Fiction Books?
"I want to read books about Muslims like me." Saara Khalid
"Storytelling is a traditional Islamic art and the novel brings this art right into the home. Muslims of all ages need the contemporary Muslim story as a vehicle for interpreting the world in an Islamic light. Non Muslims might also appreciate an insight into the diversity and unity of the Muslim way of life that the art of storytelling can provide." Yafiah Katherine Randall
"...children love reading fiction, but they usually do not find the role models they need and deserve in mainstream books, which often promote values that are contrary to Islam. My own daughter devours several books a week, and it has been a challenge for me to find the books that will help her grow as a Muslim. By seeing how different characters deal with life's challenges, Muslim fiction can help our children develop good character and the analytical skills needed to solve everyday problems." Amel Abdullah - Managing Editor, Our Rising Star Magazine
"I'd love to see Islamic Fiction on store shelves. What a fresh idea to the boring cookie cutter fiction currently hogging all the space!" Brenda Birch
"Fiction is paramount. I believe that for the Muslim Ummah to progress, much more attention should be paid to the creation of culture - perhaps best manifested in the creation of literature, that will offer alternative narratives for, by and about Muslims." Marwa Elnaggar, Editor
"Islamic fiction is critical for ensuring the developing and prospering of young imaginative minds." Fuad Nahdi
"Reading is a vital requirement for our children to succeed in schools and become productive members of society. Reading fiction is part of the repertoire out there, and Islamic fiction should be part of every Muslim child growing up in this country." Maryam Theriault
"Children's literature plays an important role culturally, educationally, aesthetically and psychologically in the lives of children. When Muslim children enter the wonderful world of reading they should be able to find an abundance of exciting Islamic literature to enjoy and learn from. And when they leave the stages of childhood as teenagers and then as adults, they should also find Islamic literature that will continue to enrich their lives. We are definitely in need for the publication, promotion, and distribution of more Islamic literature and especially Islamic fiction which will certainly benefit the Muslim community and could be enjoyed by non-Muslims as well. InshaAllah productive steps will be taken towards this goal." Rym Aoudia, Founder and Director of Children's Literature and Culture League
"Our society at large is diverse and includes Muslims, however its cultural knowledge-base does not include Muslims. Libraries are full of stories about other cultures and faiths, and Islam needs to be represented as it is part of the mosaic of the American landscape. Fiction can help Americans relate to their Muslim brethren on an emotional, human level, and that is where peace begins. In addition, I support this petition because Muslims have long suffered a void where fiction is concerned. Our children do not see themselves represented in the stories they read, our teens have no Islamic reading material to encourage growth and shape their worldviews, and our adults have no fiction to entertain them or prompt them to ponder different aspects of the deen and human nature. All this, fiction can accomplish." Najiyah Helwani
"I am a teacher in a Muslim school, and I testify that there is a great need for Islamic books for children, especially fiction which can be read for pleasure but also contains vital lessons on Islamic morals, values, etc." Justin Ilyas Parrott
"As a teenage Muslimah who LOVES to read and write fiction, I know how hard it is to find 'halaal' books, books that can be considered okay from an Islamic point of view. There are very few really good Islamic fiction books, & we totally need more of them in the world: for us Muslims, AND for non-Muslims." Zainab bint Younus
"Literature is where thoughts and cultures are expressed and recorded. So when will Muslims appear on the list of civilizations again?" Yosra Mostafa
"My boys do have to read as a requirement for school. I would so love to give them books that help support an active, Muslim youth culture." Celeste Sahar Swaim
"Yes, we need Islamic fiction!" Becky Kirby
Where Can You Find Quality Islamic fiction books?
Go to: www.islamicFictionBooks.com