name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Chapter 26 : The Poets
[26:221] Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend?
[26:222] They descend upon every guilty fabricator.
[26:223] They pretend to listen, but most of them are liars.
[26:224] And upon the poets, who are only followed by the strayers.
[26:225] Do you not see that they wander about in every valley?
[26:226] And that they say what they do not do?
[26:227] Exempted are those who believe, lead a righteous life, commemorate GOD frequently, and stand up for their rights. Surely, the transgressors will find out what their ultimate destiny is.
Note that there are some changes to Rashad Khalifa's translation of the above verses.
-God describes the poets in the above verses by the following :
1- The devils descend upon them.
2- They are only followed by the strayers.
3- They wander about in every valley.
4- They say what they do not do.
That's a description that can fit a large category of people, among those people are those who fabricate alternate realities or fiction.
The poets are basically anybody involved in producing fake realities, either by distorting an existing reality (living creature/event) or another distortion is by producing a totally non-existent reality (living creature/event).
[4:119] "I will mislead them, I will entice them, I will command them to (forbid the eating of certain meats by) marking the ears of livestock, and I will command them to distort the creation of GOD." Anyone who accepts the devil as a lord, instead of GOD, has incurred a profound loss.
1- Distorting a living creature/event :
Distorting a living creature can happen through various means, for example a painter could draw (make a statue of..etc) a winged human being, or a horned horse, thus distorting the creation of God.
Also an actor or an actress could distort her own real personality by pretending to be someone else or to fake her emotions (that is not to say that all actors are evil, some maybe ignorant and suffering).
As for distorting actual events, it happens by changing historical or current events. It doesn't matter if it is represented as fiction or true, what matters is the production itself of distorted versions of real events.
2- Producing a non-existent living creature or event :
God is the Creator of living creatures and events, and we the creatures should not distort or create them on our own. In ancient times people immersed themselves in the fantasy world of myth, today it is worse, myths have taken much greater attention and acceptance.
Now fantasy takes many forms, and the more we believe it the more it saps energy out of our reality. Consider a novel, a movie, a comic book or a video game, all full of fictitious characters and events, someone may argue that he knows a movie is not real so it's ok to watch it, the problem with this statment is that nobody can enjoy a movie ..etc unless he forces himself subconsciously to believe it first.
This state of altered consciousness is sometimes called the Alpha-State wherein the person is highly vulenrable to suggestion or hypnosis. Those states of altered consciousness are actually a take-over by the Jinn companion.
Among those who produce fake events are authors, film producers and scenario/script writers. Basically anyone who produces a non-existent living creature or a series of events (e.g., screenplay) with living creatures involved.
There is a multitude of other negative aspects related to those fantasy fake worlds: addiction, spying, lying/acting, pretending/role-playing, seeking control, manipulation, seeking super-powers, celebrity-worship, brainwashing , ...etc, to name a few.
However the main motive for being involved in such fake realities is trying to escape from real-realities, or trying to cover God's reality by their own "reality".
People over the centuries have invented numerous ways to escape reality (because of being unappreciative), by creating an alternate fantasy world of their liking, a fake dimension where they can practice whatever they wish, whenever they wish, with no limitations.
The word "Khamr" in Arabic means anything that covers or obscures
This is not limited only to physical intoxicants (drugs/alcohol), but it extends to include Fiction as it covers reality and makes you lose yourself in it, switching into the Alpha-State, an altered passive-state of mind, during which the Jinn is in control.
In the beginning of this article we discussed why fiction is fundamentally wrong for the people involved in producing it. Now the following verses make it clear why it is wrong for those using fiction in any form, whether it is a novel, a fairy tale, a movie, a video game, a comic book ....or even a smiley !
[2:219] They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, "In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit." They also ask you what to give to charity: say, "The excess." GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,
[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.
[5:91] The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?
Fiction covers reality same as drugs and alcohol do, and it is directly meant in the above verses. So if you already don't use drugs, stop using fiction as well.
Fiction is not less dangerous than drugs, as the more you are immersed in fiction, the more you withdraw from reality and this means more Jinn control, thus distorting the balance which God created for the body. As the human being should always be in charge, maintaining a stable active-state of consciousness.
When this balance is distorted, expect all kinds of disease and spiritual pains.
Please note that imagination is not forbidden as long as it is meaningfull and is not violating the laws and not distorting God's creation, for example a musician can compose a new piece of music, an architect can imagine a new house or a car designer can design a new car, these are not living creatures and thus we are allowed to be as creative as we can in those areas. But when drawing living-creatures and people a painter must do his best to honsetly translate reality as it is, into his painting.
Reclaim your reality now and hold firm to it