Praise be to Allaah.
If the subject matter of the articles, reports, stories and
poems is good, such as calling people to adhere to Islam and good attitudes
and the like, or the subject matter is permissible and is free of haraam and
evil things, there is nothing wrong with starting them with the Basmalah,
rather that should be done, seeking blessing by mentioning the name of
Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, and following the example of the
Holy Qur’aan, for Allaah started it with the Basmalah.
But if the subject matter of these articles, reports, stories
and poems is haraam, then it is not permissible to write them or publish
them, and it is not permissible to read them except for one who will
denounce the falsehood contained in them; and it is not permissible to write
Bismillaah il-Rahmaan il-Raheem at the beginning of them, because mentioning
the name of Allaah, may He be exalted, in the context of something sinful is
contrary to the respect and veneration of Allaah that is enjoined, and it
may even lead to a kind of disrespect and mocking the name of Allaah, may He
Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said:
Anything that is haraam or makrooh, whether it is words or
actions, it is not permissible to start it with any mention of Allaah, may
He be exalted, because that is disrespectful, and is starting sin with an
act of obedience.
An example of that is writing the Basmalah at the top of a
poem that is not good, or at the beginning of a haraam game, or a haraam
bet, or starting a misguided program with recitation of the Qur’aan or with
praising Allaah or sending blessings and peace upon the Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and so on.
The people have gone so far in messing about and deceiving
the simple-minded people by giving the impression that these haraam things
are permissible, and it has got so bad that they do a prostration for sin
when one betting party wins over another, the winner prostrates for winning
the haraam bet! This prostration is something that incurs the wrath and
anger of Allaah. And Allaah is the One Whose help we seek.
It was narrated that Mak-hool al-Azdi said: I said to Ibn
‘Umar: What do you think if the murderer, drinker, thief and adulterer
remember Allaah? Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Therefore
remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you” [al-Baqarah
2:152]. He said: If such a person remembers Allaah, Allaah will remember
him by cursing him until he falls silent.
Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir (may Allaah have mercy on him) commented
on this report in ‘Umdat al-Tafseer (1/273) where he said: What Ibn
‘Umar said is true, and applies fully to what the evildoers and promiscuous
people do nowadays, when they remember Allaah at times of committing evil
and in evil and immoral songs and acting, which they claim are educational,
and in their fabricated stories, which they regard as literature, and in
their toying with religion which they call religious poetry and nasheed, and
they sing these nasheeds at times when they should show dignity and devotion
to worship, to the point that they have confused the masses with regard to
the rituals of Islam. All of them mention Allaah but Allaah will mention
them by cursing them until they fall silent. End quote from Tas-heeh
al-Du’aa’ p. 49.