A New Venue for Publishing Islamic Science Fiction

A New Venue for Publishing Islamic Science Fiction November 3, 2018

From the Islam and Science Fiction website:

Islam and Science Fiction has been around since 2005. As we are entering out 14th year soon, we are launching a project that we have been thinking about many years – The world’s first magazine focused on publishing Science Fiction inspired by Islamic civilizations and ethos. It will be a quarterly magazine focused on Islamicate Science Fiction.

The magazine will be published online quarterly, with the first issue being released on January 1, 2019. We are looking for original works of Sci-Fi in English with great characters, inspired by Islamic history, Islamic theology and Islamic cultures. The Science in the stories need not be hard but it needs to have godd characters. Anything that can be construed as offensive according to Islamic ethos will not be accepted. In terms of content, here is what we are looking for:


Short stories: 1000 – 5000 words ($20 per story)
Micro-Fiction: 2 – 5 sentences ($1 per micro story)
Graphic Designs: $7 per design
Illustrated Short Stories: $10-$50 depending upon the length
Poem: $3 per poem
Reviews: $7 per book review (be sure to email us in advance to gauge interest)
$10 per essay  (be sure to email us in advance to gauge interest)

We are just starting out with this project and hope to increase the payment rate as we get more sponsors and contributions from the community. I implore you to share this far and wide in your respective communities. The magazine will be published in the digital magazine format as well as on the Islam and Sci-Fi website.

How to submit: Send your submissions to islam.scifi@gmail.com with Takwin Submission as the subject line
Submission Format: Microsoft word, PDF or simple text file format
Submission Window: October 30, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Rights: We retain the right to publish your story online and elsewhere under The Islam and Sci-Fi and/or Takwin name. We do not exclusively retain the right. You are free to resell.

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to reading your work!


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  • John MacDonald

    This sounds like it could be an interesting project. The complex ethos of Islam could lead to interesting character development.

    For Instance, like most religions, Islam in general, forbids lying. The Quran says, “Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies.” Surah 40:28. In the Hadith, Mohammed was also quoted as saying, “Be honest because honesty leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise. Beware of falsehood because it leads to immorality, and immorality leads to Hell.”

    However, within Islam there are certain provisions under which lying is not simply tolerated, but actually encouraged. The book “The spirit of Islam,” by the Muslim scholar, Afif A. Tabbarah was written to promote Islam. On page 247, Tabbarah stated: “Lying is not always bad, to be sure; there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth. To this effect, the Prophet says: ‘He is not a false person who (through lies) settles conciliation among people, supports good or says what is good.”

    This reminds me of Jesus lying to his family that he is not going to the party in the GJohn, but then going in secret – and God sending forth lying spirits.

    • John MacDonald

      For two examples of justified lying in Islam, Abdullah Al-Araby argues:

      (1) This point is proven by many incidences in the life of Mohammed. He often lied and instructed his followers to do the same. He rationalized that the prospect of success in missions to extend Islam’s influence overrode Allah’s initial prohibitions against lying. A good example of sanctioned lying is the account of the assassination of Kaab Ibn al-Ashrf, a member of the Jewish tribe, Banu al-Nudair. It had been reported that Kaab had shown support for the Quraishites in their battle against Mohammed. This was compounded by another report that infuriated Mohammed. It was alleged that Kaab had recited amorous poetry to Muslim women. Mohammed asked for volunteers to rid him of Kaab Ibn al-Ashraf. As Mohammed put it, Kaab had “Harmed Allah and His Apostle.” At that time Kaab Ibn al-Ashraf, and his tribe were strong, so it was not easy for a stranger to infiltrate and execute the task. A Muslim man by the name of Ibn Muslima, volunteered for the murderous project on the condition that Mohammed would allow him to lie. With Mohammed’s consent, Ibn Muslima, went to Kaab and told him fabricated stories that reflected discontent about Mohammed’s leadership. When he had gained Kaab’s trust he lured him away from his house one night and murdered him in a remote area under the cover of darkness.

      (2) A similar example can be found in the story of killing Shaaban Ibn Khalid al-Hazly. It was rumored that Shaaban was gathering an army to wage war on Mohammed. Mohammed retaliated by ordering Abdullah Ibn Anis to kill Shaaban. Again, the would-be killer asked the prophet’s permission to lie. Mohammed agreed and then ordered the killer to lie by stating that he was a member of the Khazaa clan. When Shaaban saw Abdullah coming, he asked him, “From what tribe are you?” Abdullah answered, “From Khazaa.” He then added, “I have heard that you are gathering an army to fight Mohammed and I came to join you.” Abdullah started walking with Shaaban telling him how Mohammed came to them with the heretical teachings of Islam, and complained how Mohammed badmouthed the Arab patriarchs and ruined the Arab’s hopes. They continued in conversation until they arrived at Shaaban’s tent. Shaaban’s companions departed and Shaaban invited Abdullah to come inside and rest. Abdullah sat there until the atmosphere was quiet and he sensed that everyone was asleep. Abdullah severed Shaaban’s head and carried it to Mohammed as a trophy. When Mohammed sighted Abdullah, he jubilantly shouted, “Your face has been triumphant (Aflaha al- wajho).” Abdullah returned the greeting by saying, “It is your face, Apostle of Allah, who has been triumphant. (Aflaha wajhoka, ye rasoul Allah).”