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11-29-2019, 06:26 AM
Islam prohibits watching movie with inappropriate stuff or music. That I understand and make sense. Alhamdullah I'm able to apply that and avoid that. So I try to stay away from romantic movies. Movies i usually watch are often very rarely and even tv shows I watch rarely. Sometimes to spend time with my family I watch a family movie that is light hearted or an interesting drama. I'm doing this yes, because it can be fun but to spend time with my family. Yet some Sheikh in my mosque said its haram and his fatwa is very strict. I want to know sincerely if what I'm doing is wrong. I can not throw all my movies and games away. It makes no sense and they can not be as harmful as alcohol. I do not go to the theater either but even if my muslim friends I decide we can watch movies. I understand these things can be haram if you miss salah or wasting time but did not Allah say do not be extreme and do enjoy the dunya but be moderate. I only want to enjoy little bit and it's not like I'm doing horrible things. Even video games are in the same boat as movies. Even if they are mature rate I play to relax and relieve stress. I cannot always be on quran doing dhikir nonstop. I'm being realistic. Yet the people say do that. I do dhikir of allah but at times I want to enjoy little bit otherwise il go crazy. Even if watch a movie that shows awrah, that's not my intention or looking st it actively. Same as going through the mall and you hear music?
What is the islamic ruling for this issue?

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11-29-2019, 07:01 AM
Assalam o Alaikum Rahamutullahi Barakuthu

format_quote Originally Posted by Studentofdeed
but did not Allah say do not be extreme and do enjoy the dunya but be moderate
Where did you read that?

Regarding movies. If you just want to watch for entertainment, and that it does not have any haram contents like sexual scenes including imtiancy, and no musics aswell, nothing wrong with that. I watched toy story 4 with my family at home, and it was really great movie though, but I probably wont watch more movies anymore now. Video games also same, nowsday they are mostly violent especially the latest games, it is best to not play such games as they can contain many contents like swearing, brutal scenes, nudity etc, there are some video games that are friendly and safe like fifa etc.. but it is probably best to avoid movies and games, due that they could take away remembrance of Allah, there are other ways to relieve stress like listening to beautiful Qur'an recitation. You can play sport as it is encrouaged by Islam.

Prophet peace be upon him did play with his beloved wife, Hazrat Aisha

Abu Daawood (2578) and Ahmad (26277) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: I went out with the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) on one of his journeys when I was still young and had not put on weight. He said to the people: “Go on ahead.” So they went on ahead, then he said to me, “Come, let me race with you.” So I raced with him, and I beat him, and he said nothing. Then when I had put on some weight, and I had forgotten about it, I went out with him on one of his journeys, and he said to the people: “Go on ahead.” So they went on ahead, then he said to me, “Come, let me race with you.” So I raced with him, and he beat me, then he smiled and said: “This is in return for that.”

But you should be moderate, don't make bad intention when it comes to sport. Make intention that you want to do sport to make your body strong so that you can worship Allah and do more good deeds.. You can also do some sport like swimming, etc.

I have question, are these movies and games you bought pirated or legal?

Video games and movies becomes haram if you are involved in both and have missed out other things like prayers. sport too aswell, so be moderate. This world is temporary, time is getting faster too much which is minor sign of Last Day. Even now i felt that november just ended in few weeks :(. No matter what, it is better that you should think about Day of Judgement, we have to prepare ourselves for that, we have to prepare to meet Allah..... Start using your precious time which you must not trade them for useless activites like movies and video games. Trade that time for more Hereafter rewards.. Keep asking Allah to forgive you, have mercy on you. Also ask Him to have mercy on us too aswell..

May Allah forgive us, have mercy on us and grant us into Jannat-ul-Firdaus. Ameen.

JazakAllah khair

11-29-2019, 02:19 PM
The Influence of Television

by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh)

One of the many sunnats of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus Salaam) ßis that of Hayaa – shame and modesty : a quality which is sorely missing in the lives of the majority of Muslims today and which should otherwise be an outstanding characteristic and feature of all Muslims, whether married or un-married.

Television is such an evil that if our society only understood its reality, then they would find no excuse to watch. Its spiritual harm is that it takes away the hayaa and shame of our men, women and children.

The content of most television programmes is nothing but immodesty and indecency, which invites nothing but immodesty and indecency – into our homes, into our lives and the lives of our children.

However, this truth and reality seems to just pass over the understanding of even those Muslims who have some link with Deen. Many are regular with Salaah, they are seen in the Musjid, they are wearing the garb of the pious and yet they will be the ones to present flimsy and feeble excuses to view television programmes.

Let us consider this situation of sin from the following view – which Alhamdulillah, has been a means of many getting rid of the television.

If a person has to knock on your door and tell you : ‘I would like to use your lounge to commit adultery.’
Or a group of some friends have to request you : ‘We would like to use your home to gamble and enjoy our liquor.’
Or a group of youngsters have to tell you : ‘We have chosen your home as a venue for our partying, dancing, drug-taking and fornicating.’
Or a Christian family has to request you : ‘We would like to use your home as a venue for our church ceremony : The marriage of our daughter as well as the baptism of our grandchild. We have already obtained the consent of one of our priests.’
Or some idol-worshippers have to suggest : ‘We would like to carry out some of our religious rites in your home. We would like to bring our idols also. You are more than welcome to observe or participate in our rites. ’
Many Muslims, on hearing such requests, will get very angry; will express disgust – if not swear and curse such suggestions.

However, these very same Muslims who will even resort to swearing and cursing such proposals, invite into their homes all of the above by the switch of the television, by hiring English and Hindi films and DVDs and downloading porn and other films from the Internet. There is so much of adultery, partying and other filth that we seem to just welcome into our homes – least realizing the consequences.

Just to give you one example and this is but the tip of the iceberg – and it is said with the intention of removing the blindfold that most parents wear :

A father of four children mentioned to me that he had got rid of his television and he thereafter explained why. He said that late one night he heard strange noises from his children’s room. On opening the door of their room, he found their television switched on. […This is our concept of modesty : parents must have their own television, to view all kinds of filthy programmes in their privacy, and children must have their own television to view all kinds of indecency in their privacy (Na-uzu Billah).]

The father mentioned that there were dirty and obscene scenes of naked people on the television screen. He mentioned that it was filthy and that it shocked him; but what had him even more shaken was that his children were all undressed, engaging in the same kind of indecent acts. They were imitating the pornography they were viewing. He said himself, that until then he had not considered the harm of television. It took this kind of incident to wake him up. …This is just one example of so many. Do we wish to face something similar ?

…Do we care to even know what our sons and daughters are doing in the secrecy of their rooms ? The fact that many demand that no one ‘invade’ their space and privacy to the extent of having ‘No Entry’ signs on their doors, should have parents a little more than worried… esp. if they are viewing television and are surfing the net or have free access with cell phones.

Many have written, that after watching certain films or programmes, the desire came strongly into their hearts to take drugs, drink liquor, murder their parents, indulge in homosexuality, engage in adulterous relationships, commit suicide, rape, and so much else – and many of them do so.

Moreover, with sins like television and evil, lustful glancing, Allah Ta’ala removes the love between husband and wife and even ones children become disobedient.

There are many husbands who entertain thoughts of and fantasize of other women when with their wives. And they will when they are watching different actresses and television presenters. Many wives are guilty of the same infidelity having seen or socialized with ghair-mahareem. Many women are so infatuated and obsessed with some soccer player or cricket player that they become dissatisfied with their husbands, and spend their time fantasizing.

Had the person not viewed all those ghair-mahareem on the television screen and computer screen, and had lowered his gaze in real life situations, then he would not have desired that which he cannot have, and there would not have been dissatisfaction with his (or her) spouse.

Moreover we complain : There is no barkat in our homes; there is no barkat in our wealth; there is no barkat in our time. Our children are rebellious. The husband is having an extra-marital relationship. The daughter has accepted Christianity. The son is on drugs … and the list of complaints does not end.

Then who is to blame except the one who brought all of this Haraam into the home by purchasing the television and exposing the family to so much of sin.

…Great ‘Ulama became Bay’at upon the hands of Maulana Hakeem Fakhrudeen (Rahmatullah ‘alaih). He mentioned that there was a time, that with the rising and setting of the sun, he saw nothing but noor in Surat. The atmosphere was one of noor. The day commenced with Salaah, Tilawat, Zikrullah…

After the cinemas and television and videos flooded Surat, there was nothing but ‘zulmat’ – darkness. With the distraction of such entertainment, Ibaadah becomes a forgotten duty.

One Wali of Allah Ta’ala, on visiting a home, mentioned that he perceived the sin of Zina (adultery) from the walls of that home. He was able to recognize this due to the purity of his heart. The residents of that home were not indulging in adultery but they were watching the sin on television.

When fire burns against a white wall, it blackens the wall. The Ahle-Dil, with their purified hearts, see the fire of sins which has burnt and blackened the white hearts of the Muslims.

Would that we take lesson and take measures to protect ourselves and our children.


11-29-2019, 03:08 PM
Assalam o Alaikum rahamtullahi barakuthu.

That is bitter. May Allah protect us and forgive us... ameen.

JazakAllah khair

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