I acquire Books, but I do not read Them


Question :
I am a man who has - all praise and thanks be to Allah - many beneficial books and reference works, yet I do not read them, instead, I choose just a few of them. Am I guilty of sin in keeping these books in my house, bearing in mind that some people borrow some books and benefits from them, after which, they return them to me?

Answer :
There is no sin upon the Muslim in collecting beneficial books and keeping them with him in his library in order to refer to them, benefit from them, and to lend them to those who visit him among the educated people so that they might benefit from them. Nor is there any sin upon him if he does not refer to them much. As for lending them to reliable people, who benefit from them, this is a lawful action and a means of the acquisition of knowledge and because this is included in the Words of Allah, the Most High:
Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety).
"Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)."
Al-Ma'idah 5 :2.
And the words of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him):
Allah helps the worshipper so long as the worshipper helps his brother.
"Allah helps the worshipper so long as the worshipper helps his brother."
Muslim no. 2699.
Ibn Baz



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