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Q: What is the ruling regarding reading love and romantic stories, knowing that some scholars prohibit them because they agitate the readerís sexual desire? However, I read them only for amusement or when I feel exhausted due to the stress of studying, but not for excitement? 

A: It is not prohibited to read love and romantic stories if they do not agitate your sexual desire, but you have to be careful not to be affected by their negative impacts due to their atmosphere which is in contrast with the proper religious upbringing.