Originally Posted by Abu Loren
Before like beloved Sister *charisma* I used to memorise songs/raps/ballads and whatnot left, right and centre. I was able to recite them at the drop of a hat. I was addicted. Very much so, unfortunately. Music was a part of me, I always feel sad and regretful and I feel ashamed at myself for stooping so low.
But now, :alhamd: I don't listen to it anymore. It was a trial and a half getting rid of this music that was a part of me, but :alhamd: I succeeded. I listened to Quraan'ic recitations, I read Qur'aan a lot more, I started listening to vocals only Nasheeds, I made and am making Du'a to :Allah::swt: to help take that away and to keep me music free. It will take time but if the heart, mind and soul are set upon a target that want to achieve to become a better Muslim and to please :Allah::swt: then nothing can stop them overcoming obstacles.
In the car, I listen to Nasheeds (vocals only) and Qur'aanic recitations (mainly Sheikhs Sudais, Shuraim and Mishary). But even in the shops, restaurants and such it is hard to avoid it :( and I do get caught unawares by it, memories start flooding back. Ah... But then I begin to converse with my Husband or friend/s and the music becomes non-existent. Lol
Movies... Hmmm... Again, I used to watch a lot, used to own many VCRs, DVDs and even a couple of Blue-Rays, but I've limited the type I watch and the amount too. I only watch films with meanings (i.e. V for Vendetta - a look into the future? I think so) If it's Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2, then nothing can stop me. Nothing. Apart from the Adhaan, and the time to pray.
So yes, dear Brother Abu Loren, temptation is always there but we have to have faith in ourselves and in :Allah::swt:, be strong and resilient so that we can overcome our shortcomings and conquer the Shaytaan and :ia: have the courage to do so