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~Zaria~
02-02-2012, 06:24 PM
Assalamu-alaikum

I loved this! :)


TELEVISION

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink --
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK -- HE ONLY SEES!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What the darling ones used to do?
'How they kept themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.


_________________________________________


"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away......."


Salaam :)
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Periwinkle18
02-02-2012, 06:48 PM
=) this is soo good :)
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Muezzin
02-02-2012, 07:16 PM
It's from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Oompa Loompahs for the win.
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Who Am I?
02-02-2012, 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
It's from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Oompa Loompahs for the win.
No, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. Oompa Loompas are annoying and evil, and freaky.
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cuezed
02-02-2012, 08:18 PM
Originally Posted by ~Zaria~
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away......."
Alhamdulillah I got rid of my TV in January 2009 and I never looked back
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Who Am I?
02-02-2012, 11:12 PM
:sl:

Due to recent events in my life, I have not watched TV or played video games in almost two weeks, and you know what? I don't really miss either one...
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Periwinkle18
02-03-2012, 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by cuezed
Alhamdulillah I got rid of my TV in January 2009 and I never looked back
we didnt open our TV for a long time and my dad opened it once n it wasnt working :P lolz we don't watch TV don't get time
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ardianto
02-03-2012, 02:52 PM
:sl:

I am still watching TV but only watch beneficial programs. Even TV is one of my sources in learn Islam.

That's the advantage of living in Muslim country.
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Periwinkle18
02-03-2012, 03:40 PM
Originally Posted by Who Am I?
No, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. Oompa Loompas are annoying and evil, and freaky.
true very annoying when i read charlie and the chocolate facatory i used to skip the oompa loompa song part :P
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Who Am I?
02-03-2012, 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by Periwinkle18
true very annoying when i read charlie and the chocolate facatory i used to skip the oompa loompa song part :P
Yes, thank you! Vindication! ;D

It's even worse in the movie though. The Oompa Loompas are these weird-looking green and orange dudes with 17th century powdered wigs.

I don't want to see orange George Washington, thanks.
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Periwinkle18
02-03-2012, 06:17 PM
Originally Posted by Who Am I?
Yes, thank you! Vindication! ;D

It's even worse in the movie though. The Oompa Loompas are these weird-looking green and orange dudes with 17th century powdered wigs.

I don't want to see orange George Washington, thanks.
lolz ;D i hated them in the movie too :P skipd all the songs in the movie :P
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Txyib
02-03-2012, 09:21 PM
salaam
this poem should be stuck up everywhere like the posters in ww1 and ww2 your country needs you so everyone can see it and i reckon it could be very persuasive
wasalam
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Muezzin
02-03-2012, 10:47 PM
Originally Posted by Periwinkle18
true very annoying when i read charlie and the chocolate facatory i used to skip the oompa loompa song part :P
And yet you love this oompa loompa song.

Originally Posted by Periwinkle18
=) this is soo good :)
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joyous fairy
02-04-2012, 12:05 AM
Walaykum salam, I read this recently and I love it too. Great advice! I only watch TV for news or some Islamic programs but not very often.

Originally Posted by cuezed
Alhamdulillah I got rid of my TV in January 2009 and I never looked back
How comes, did you always have the TV behind you??

Lol kidding :p
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Who Am I?
02-04-2012, 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by Periwinkle18
lolz ;D i hated them in the movie too :P skipd all the songs in the movie :P
Yeah, so do I every time I watch it.

At least the Oompa Loompas aren't wearing Burger King masks though. I think I would have a mindfreak if I saw that...
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Periwinkle18
02-04-2012, 05:11 PM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
And yet you love this oompa loompa song.
lolz i didnt know it was an oompa loompa song :P i used to skip the song parts :P even if it is their song its way bttr to read it urself then to hear it from them :P
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~Zaria~
02-04-2012, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by cuezed
Alhamdulillah I got rid of my TV in January 2009 and I never looked back
MashaAllah.

Apart from Islamic media and documentaries that I watch on my laptop, I have given up TV over a yr ago, Alhamdulillah.
And it has honestly been one of THE best changes that I have ever made to my life.

You really need to expierence it to understand what it feels like -

a new 'peace' enters your heart,
your mind feels less 'cluttered',
there are so many 'extra' hours found in the day, now that you have subtracted Oprah, the incestous Bold and the Beautiful, and sitcoms from your daily life,
it becomes so much easier to focus your mind on what is truly important in life - Al Aakhirah.....NOT this dunya.

SubhanAllah.



Originally Posted by Who Am I?
:sl:

Due to recent events in my life, I have not watched TV or played video games in almost two weeks, and you know what? I don't really miss either one...
Its sometimes takes a life-changing event in our lives, a 'wake-up' call - to get us reflecting on our lives, and to open our eyes.

For me, it took a personal upheavel, that resulted in me staying in a place without a TV through Ramadhaan 2010, and a few months thereafter.
At the time, I was at my lowest.......I could not see it, but it was truly a blessing in disguise.
It was what I, personally needed to get me out of my 'slumber', and realise that changes were needed in my life.

So, brother - insha Allah, let this trial in your life be the spring-board to a positive change.
Allah tests us in so many different ways.

If we use these trials as a means of achieving nearness to our Creator, and strengthening our imaans - then these tribulations are not a punishment, but a mercy from Allah.


May we all find the strength and tawfeeq to give up this box once and for all.

Salaam
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~Zaria~
02-04-2012, 08:18 PM
I just wanted to share 2 of my favourite videos on this topic.

If you have never seen them before, please do insha Allah - there is much wisdom in their words.















Edit: In light of recent sentiments, I quote one of the many profound remarks made by Sh Hamza Yusuf:


"We need to become people of seriousness.

People who are worthy of this deen."


Indeed!


Salaam




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Who Am I?
02-05-2012, 05:25 AM
:sl:

I was just having a conversation about this today. For too long in my life I have been lazy. I have wasted so much time in idle pursuits. Then this storm happened, and I lost my house in a tornado. I really feel like this is God pushing the reset button of my life. I feel like this is God teaching me some lessons, lessons that I need to learn well if I am to become the man I am supposed to be.
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crimsontide06
02-05-2012, 05:40 AM
Besides college football,basketball and baseball...I dont really watch tv anymore like I used to.
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Who Am I?
02-05-2012, 09:08 PM
Originally Posted by crimsontide06
Besides college football,basketball and baseball...I dont really watch tv anymore like I used to.
You... you're not from Alabama by any chance, are you? I say this because of your username...
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~Zaria~
04-17-2012, 09:12 AM
STORY -- THE TELEVISION



A teacher from Primary School asks her students to write a essay about what they would like for them...

At the end of the day while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional. Her husband, that had just walked in saw her crying and asked her:- What happened?
...

She answered:- Read this. It's one of my students essays


Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special: Make me into a television.

I want to take its place. Live like the TV in my house.
Have my own special place, And have my family around ME. To be taken seriously when I talk... I want to be the centre of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions.
I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives when it is not working. Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired.
And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me...
And... I want my brothers to fight to be with me...
I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me.
And last but not least make it that I can make them all happy and entertain them.

Lord I don't ask you for much. I just want to live like every TV.


At that moment the husband said:- 'My God, poor kid. What horrible parents!

She looked up at him and said:- 'That essay is our son's!!!



Makes you think doesn't it??

MAY ALLAH ENABLE US TO RE-CONSIDER OUR PRIORITIES.


Author: Unknown


:wa:
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crimsontide06
04-17-2012, 09:50 AM
You... you're not from Alabama by any chance, are you? I say this because of your username...
No but I am an Alabama fan
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'Abd Al-Maajid
04-17-2012, 11:18 AM
I only use TV to connect to my Playstation and play games. :hmm:
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Periwinkle18
04-17-2012, 05:29 PM
Originally Posted by 'Abd Al-Maajid
I only use TV to connect to my Playstation and play games.
lol used to do tht buh then we stopped using it n once my dad turned it on so it didnt work frm tht da onwards no one watches tv its just a box in the corner of the room... my dad watches his new on his lappy so no one got it fixed :)
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Insanely.Krazii
04-17-2012, 07:00 PM
Lol nowadays you can find everything online. We just use the TV for the xbox360.
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Who Am I?
04-19-2012, 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by Periwinkle18
lol used to do tht buh then we stopped using it n once my dad turned it on so it didnt work frm tht da onwards no one watches tv its just a box in the corner of the room... my dad watches his new on his lappy so no one got it fixed :)
If you want to freak some people out, get the screen painted so it looks like the TV is on, but there is no sound. ;D

Originally Posted by crimsontide06
No but I am an Alabama fan
I see. You'll fit in where I live, then. ;D

Originally Posted by 'Abd Al-Maajid
I only use TV to connect to my Playstation and play games. :hmm:
That's all I use mine for. If I want to watch movies or TV, I can do that online. I use the TV for video games.
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Insaanah
04-19-2012, 05:53 PM
:sl:

On the flip side, TV can be used as an instrument for much good. I have seen Muslims who previously were non-practising, and by watching Islamic channels and programmes on TV, have learned about their religion, taken an interest in it, learned how to give da'wah, made other people Muslims and become better Muslims themselves. It can be used nowadays as a modern medium of spreading the deen, and Islam does not discourage us from using technology.

Not only that, but you can learn much general knowledge on animals, nature, and what's going on in the world around us.

We need to use it wisely, and control what we watch and what children watch, and to make sure that it doesn't interfere in ibaadah, family life etc.

:sl:
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Fiona
04-20-2012, 04:06 AM
I don't watch TV. It steals away too much of my time. I would rather use my time with a hobby like gardening, sewing or playing basket ball.
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ardianto
04-20-2012, 08:53 AM
Ardianto : Do you watch TV?
Friend-1 : Yes, I watch TV everyday.
Ardianto : What you watch on TV?
Friend-1 : News, science programs, traveling programs, cooking lessons, and I also watch lectures from scholars.


Ardianto : Do you watch TV?
Friend-2 : No! I have stopped watch TV since three years ago. Now I use internet everyday.
Ardianto : What you do in internet?
Friend-2 : Play online games, chatting with friends, watch music videos, and sometime .. ehm .. watch adult videos.
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Muezzin
04-21-2012, 06:51 PM
Originally Posted by ardianto
Ardianto : Do you watch TV?
Friend-1 : Yes, I watch TV everyday.
Ardianto : What you watch on TV?
Friend-1 : News, science programs, traveling programs, cooking lessons, and I also watch lectures from scholars.


Ardianto : Do you watch TV?
Friend-2 : No! I have stopped watch TV since three years ago. Now I use internet everyday.
Ardianto : What you do in internet?
Friend-2 : Play online games, chatting with friends, watch music videos, and sometime .. ehm .. watch adult videos.
Exactly.

TV is bad. A computer with Internet access is worse. I think even Roald Dahl would have agreed.
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crimsontide06
04-21-2012, 08:26 PM
After college, when I get a wife..etc... Then I probably will only watch tv for sports and thats it. By sports, I mean college football :p
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cuezed
01-04-2018, 08:28 AM
Originally Posted by cuezed
Alhamdulillah I got rid of my TV in January 2009 and I never looked back
I'm back and I've had a tv since 2013
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