Which type of stories should not be read?

Usually, children are very fond of reading stories. Let’s learn from Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه regarding the type of stories which should not be read. He has stated: Spooky stories make children cowards.

Dear children! Reading and listening to spooky stories will instil fear into your heart. When alone, you will have fear; and you will also be scared of going in the dark. In fact, just by hearing the miaow and bark of cats and dogs respectively, you will try to hide on your mother’s lap [out of fear]. Therefore, you should not read or listen to such stories at all.

Now you will have a question as to which stories you should read and listen to if you should not read and listen to spooky stories. Let’s learn from Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat about it as well. He has stated: Tell children true stories of brave people rather than spooky stories. Our children should be brave as a lion.

Dear children! In order to become brave, read blessed parables from the biographies of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and blessed Sahabah [companions of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم]. Similarly, read and listen to the booklets written by Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه which consist of ‘true stories for children’; also read and listen to the stories and topics published for children in ‘Monthly Magazine, Faizan-e-Madinah’. By doing so, you will develop good moral character; you will become a nice and brave child, refraining from many sins and carrying out virtues. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه

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