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
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
- 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
- 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
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.