Having a public Instagram account

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Question:
I am trying to share my written stories that follow Islamic guidelines on Instagram but without using animate pictures. Instagram has the option to keep my account private.

I have a private account but I want to publish my stories in two public accounts: one account for a novel and another for short stories.

Would it be permissible to have these two public accounts, that I have not made yet, as they can be freely followed by Non-Mahram?

Or should I just keep a private account and post all my future stories there?

Answer
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

Respected Sister in Islam,

Your sensitivity regarding matters of Deen is noted and commendable.

Social media platforms have positive and negative factors. There is a possibility that the negative factors outweigh the positive factors. That is more so in the case of a female who is required to be completely concealed, to the best of her ability at all times. The phenomenon of “hits” , “likes” and “followers” could be very challenging on ones Nafs, which may want to respond to the flattery and comments on ones posts to increase his/her influencer status. That could lead one to be linked forever thus compromising on ones Deeni values and principles. What commenced with a sincere intention to serve Deen, may end up serving ones Nafs and desires. Furthermore, Instagram is also not free of other un-Islamic factors. We therefore advise against using Instagram.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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