Hereunder are some sins that a person commits by watching TV and movies:
· Looking at people of the opposite gender without dire necessity and in a way prohibited by Islam. The Quran commands the males and females alike to lower their gazes, and this is not feasible in the case of TV and movies.
· Looking at people who are considered nude in Islam. (Clothed yet naked)
· Listening to music. Music is a great sin in Islam.
· Displaying pictures in the house. According to the hadith, pictures prevent angels of mercy from entering the house. If there are no angels of mercy in the house, the house will be full of devils.
· Watching and listening to immoral people, thereby, creating admiration for them and their ways. The hadith tells us that a person in the life hereafter will be with the ones he loves and admires.
· Watching and listening to things that are forbidden according to Islam, thereby, supporting such forbidden things.
· Wasting time. Time is very precious according to Islam.
· Putting oneself in a state of heedlessness. And because of this heedlessness, many salaats are not offered on time or at all.
· Supporting the list of evils mentioned below that TV and movies promote.
· By letting one’s family watch TV and movies, he invites them to commit all of the evils above and below. Therefore, instead of inviting them to the teachings of Islam, he invites them to the wrath of Allah. Instead of guiding them to paradise, he guides them to the fire of Hell.
Not only are TV and movies evil in themselves, they quite boldly and openly promote evil in all its forms.
The following are some evils that movies and TV promote indiscriminately that can be observed by any unbiased, sensible and honest person:
· Intermingling of the genders
· Offensive language
· Taking alcohol and drugs
· Vanity and arrogance
· Mockery of religion
· Defiance of authority
· Disobedience of parents, teachers and elders.
· Following ones whims and desires indiscriminately
Please remember that the list above is by no means exhaustive.
The gist of the above is that a Muslim who fears Allah the Almighty and believes in the Day of Judgement and life after death should stay far away from TV and movies. He should, instead, spend his free time in things that please Allah Ta’ala such as listening to lectures of the Ulama (scholars), reading the Quran, hadith and Islamic literature, taking part in ilmi and deeni gatherings, etc.
Also, one should take the warnings contained in the following Quranic verses seriously:
O you who believe! enter into Islam fully and do not follow the footsteps of Satan; surely he is your open enemy. (Quran 2:208)
Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire. (Quran 35:6)
And let not Satan turn you aside. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (Quran 43:62)
The reckoning has drawn near to men, and in heedlessness are they turning aside. (Quran 21:1)
O you who believe, save your souls, and those of your families, from the fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are set angels fierce and terrible; who disobey not Allah in what He has commanded them, but perform what they are commanded. (Quran 66:6)
A poet has pertinently described the evil of letting loose and not controlling ones gaze, and it aptly applies to watching TV and movies:
ﻛﻞ ﺍﻟﺤﻮﺍﺩﺙ ﻣﺒﺪﺍﻫﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﻈﺮ … ﻭﻣﻌﻈﻢ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺭ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺴﺘﺼﻐﺮ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﺭ
ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺮﺀ ﻣﺎ ﺩﺍﻡ ﺫﺍ ﻋﻴﻦ ﻳﻘﻠﺒﻬﺎ … ﻓﻲ ﺃﻋﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﻴﻦ ﻣﻮﻗﻮﻑ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺮ
ﻛﻢ ﻧﻈﺮﺓ ﻓﻌﻠﺖ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻠﺐ ﻓﺎﻋﻠﻬﺎ … ﻓﻌﻞ ﺍﻟﺴﻬﺎﻡ ﺑﻼ ﻗﻮﺱ ﻭﻻ ﻭﺗﺮ
ﻳﺴﺮ ﻧﺎﻇﺮﻩ ﻣﺎ ﺿﺮ ﺧﺎﻃﺮﻩ … ﻻ ﻣﺮﺣﺒﺎً ﺑﺴﺮﻭﺭ ﻋﺎﺩ ﺑﺎﻟﻀﺮﺭ
All evil occurrences begin with ones glance,
And most fires are caught by (negligence of) those who deem sparks insignificant.
A man remains in danger as long as his eyes scrutinize the eyes of (beautiful) women with large (gorgeous) eyes,
How many a glance has done to the heart the same as what an arrow would do — without any bow or string.
The one glancing is pleased with what harms his inner self.
No thanks to pleasure that brings harm.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Faizal Riza
Is television allowed?
On television the reflection of living things are portrayed. Regarding this reflection some Ulama are of the opinion that it is an image. In Shari’ah it is not permissible to create images of living things; therefore it won’t be permissible to watch such programmes in which there are reflections of animate objects. By watching these programmes one aids the creation and production of images of animate objects.
In opposition to this some Ulama are of the opinion that the reflection portrayed on the TV. does not fall under the rule of images. Therefore those living things which can be seen in real life may be viewed on TV. There isn’t only one type of channel played on TV nor is there one programme screened continuously, during a programme there’re adverts and many other unlawful things played. Therefore majority of the Ulama are of the opinion that to keep a TV in one’s house and/or to watch TV is not permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Mufti Muhammad Ashraf