1. a system for converting visual images (with sound) into electrical signals, transmitting them by radio or other means, and displaying them electronically on a screen.
2. a device with a screen for receiving television signals.
We, the Ummah have come to such a point in time where sadly the correct way of living our lives as Muslims is looked down upon. The Sunnah of our beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has been trampled upon time and again with a no care atittude. We have become advanced in this dunya but we are not even progressing in Deen. We give importance to things that we’re not supposed to be giving importance to… one of the greatest evils (initiated by shaytan) is the TV. Television, DSTV, whatever you say. People may argue that Islam is being propogated on TV by Islam channels but I say that does the good outweigh the bad? Is there more good on TV than bad?
This is an article which I found on the net and I want to make this very clear; it wasn’t written by any Islamic scholar nor was anything ‘Islamic’ involved.. if this is their view on it, then why are we watching TV? Its not allowed to watch TV, then? It all comes from our deen that it isnt allowed to watch or get involved in such futile activities…
TELIVISION IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
1. Watching television means inactivity, and inactivity has been linked with obesity and heart disease. Do you think it is just a coincidence that in the West, where people are spending enormous amounts of time watching television, obesity and heart diseases in people of all ages are rapidly increasing?
More and more studies are being carried out on the harmful health effects of watching television. A recent research study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that watching too much television can significantly increase the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Not surprisingly, another study carried out at the University of Rhode Island found that prolonged television watching decreases viewers’ sense of self-efficacy in maintaining personal health.
2. Television feeds you false information
One of the most harmful effects of watching television is that television appears to portray or report reality. In fact, it just allows us to get a small glimpse of what’s really going on. This particularly happens when watching TV newscasts. When we watch a 30 minutes newscast, we usually believe that what it is showing us is all that there is to see. After all, if there was more to see, wouldn’t television show us more? Unfortunately most people accept whatever television is feeding them, without ever casting a doubt on its truthfulness.
One of the main reasons why we so readily believe what television is showing us is the fact that we prefer ignorance over knowledge because, as the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss.” Searching to know the truth requires effort, and so we prefer to let the evening news do all the search for us. In this way, we don’t need to do anything: no effort, nothing to worry about. We choose the easy way, but by doing so, we also choose to accept a distorted view of reality.
3. Television makes you dumb
Another amazingly harmful effect of watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think. Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, allows us to stop using our critical thinking. In this way, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.
Certainly there are a few programs on TV that are educational and interesting, but the majority of television programs are simply trash. And so we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. Television programming is designed in such a way so as to match our attention spam, and that is why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. In addition, television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic. Hence, not only cannot television programs provide any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we cannot digest it properly. And so we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to be first filtered through our mind, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.
4. Television wastes your time
Life is short, but we choose to spend it watching television. Just think of how many hours of our day we waste watching television. Surveys reveal that people in the Western world spend 5-10 hours a day watching television.
Instead of living our life to the fullest, we sit in front of a dead, though “entertaining” device, which we have chosen as a substitute for true living. Instead of going out to play football, we are so obsessed with watching football games and admiring our favorite sport players, as if they are some kind of heroes. Instead of going to our kitchen and cook a healthy meal, we prefer to sit in the sofa, watching special cooking shows where people are savoring all kinds of delicious food, while we fill our bodies with junk. Instead of going out to meet people, converse and have fun, we choose to confine ourselves within four walls and be all alone, so as to watch with full attention adventure movies, reality shows, and soap operas.
But I am asking you, is this living ? A time will come when your physical and mental energy will be dissipated, and you will come to realize that you have not yet actually lived. But then it will be too late, and you will be filled with resentment.
Now is your chance to live passionately , not passively.
THE ISLAMIC POINT OF VIEW
Watching TV and movies
Watching TV and movies is not permissible according to Islam because TV programmes and movies constitute multiple sins, of which even one would be sufficient to render something impermissible. The heinous effect TV and movies have had globally is as apparent as daylight, and yet those intoxicated by the effects of TV and movies cannot see this. One of the specialities of TV and movies is that it makes even a sensible person deaf, dumb and blind in that he deems permissible and acceptable the evils and sins displayed and promoted by TV and movies that he would normally, without hesitation, declare to be sinful and evil. He lets himself and his family watch and enjoy the evils that he would normally do everything to keep himself and his family away from. Such is the intoxicating effect of TV and movies that it causes all sense of morality and uprightness to go right down the drain. And because of this, families are breaking apart; immorality, lewdness and promiscuity are becoming the order of the day, the youngsters are becoming more disrespectful to their parents and elders, the youngsters and the adults alike are straying further away from the beautiful teachings of Islam and are instead adopting the ways and lifestyle of the immoral people, people are becoming more and more materialistic and are harbouring aversion to religion, and many other heinous acts are taking place that one would feel ashamed to write about. May Allah Ta’ala protect us.
To be continued…
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