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Monday, October 23, 2006

MUSIC & TELEVISION



Music and TV have become very common in the world and unfortunately we muslims have also adopted this enemy of Allaah in our homes. Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam had been to sent to this world to destroy music and we his followers are encouraging it. How will we face Allaah and His Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam on the day of Qiyamah?

TV is very dangerous for both our Deen and dunya. Islaam can never allow such a thing to happen. Even the non muslim scientists and doctors have admitted the evil of TV. The evils of music and TV are mentioned below:-

Warnings on listening to music

Hazrat Abu hurairah (RA) narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that in the final times some people from my ummat will be changed into the form of monkeys and pigs. The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam was asked will they be muslims? Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied yes they will be the people of Lailaha illallah and rozah. He was asked then why will this happen? Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied that they will keep musical instruments and singing girls, drink alcohol, pass the night in amusement and play. In the morning they will be transformed into monkeys and pigs (May Allaah protect us).

Hazrat Anas RA narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said - It is a sign of Qiyamat that immodesty will be widespread.

Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said : When musical singers will increase, musical instruments will appear, liquor will be consumed excessively and your honoured personalities will be cursed then await red dust storms, earthquakes, sinking of the earth, disfiguring of forms and the raining of stones from the skies. Be concerned to save yourself and others from this punishments.(Behishti Zewar part 10, Pg 61).

Islaamic Ruling regarding Television

It is not permissible to keep TV (even though you might not watch it) and to watch TV and to buy and sell TV. There is no distinction between news, educational programmes or even Islaamic programmes in this ruling. Most people argue that TV has many benefits. It can be used for educational purposes and to keep uptodate with news and current affairs. These arguments are baseless. Even though there might be temporary benefit in it, its long term evils and dangers are many times more. Everything in this world has some sort of benefit in it but that does not mean it is jaiz. Even poison has some benefits. So are you going to start taking poison? Stealing temporarily benefits the thief so does it become halal?

The major evils of television

1. Adultery of eyes - No program on TV is free from shameless females. For men to look at them is zina of the eyes which is clearly haraam. The same rule applies to ladies watching men on TV. Allaah Ta'laa has ordered us to lower our gazes and abstain from looking at haraam things. Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said Allaah has cursed the person who looks at a strange woman and the woman who is looked upon.(Mishakaat Pg 207)

2. Adultery of ears -To listen to ger mahram ladies talk and sing on TV is zina of the ears. Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam has given a very serious warning regarding listening to songs. Hazrat Anas RA narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said whoever listens to the voice of a singer, Allaah Ta'laa will put melted brass in his ears on the day of Qiyaamah.

3. Adultery of the heart - The shameless scenes seen on TV lead to bad thoughts which is zina of the heart

4. TV is an instrument of amusement and play and even worse - It distracts from the rememberance of Allaah and is a complete waste of time. To waste time in fruitless activities is foolish. Anything which distracts us from the zikr of Allaah is haraam. TV is worse than that.

5. TV is spreading immorality and violence - Allaah Ta'laa commands us in the Qur'aan not to even go near evil things. Now think how much badness there is in TV. It is affecting every muslim.

6. TV destroys children - TV is a very bad influence on children who copy and practice everything they see on TV. It makes them disobedient to Allaah and his Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They go further and further away from Islaam until they finally give up Islaam and enter jahannam forever. They lose respect for their parents and elders. This fact is so plain that it can't be denied.

7. TV is a waste - Allaah Ta'laa orders us in the Qur'aan not to be wasteful. He has prohibited us from Tabzeer. According to Imaam Shafee tabzeer means to spend the wealth in a wrong way. Such people have been termed as brothers of shaytaan. It is obvious that people with TV are brothers of shaytaan and shaytaan will go to hell and so will his brothers. TV is a trap of shaytaan with which he is dragging people towards Jahannam.

8. TV has killed Hayaa(modesty) It is mentioned in the hadeeth that Hayaa is a branch of Imaan. Shamelessness is from shaytaan and it takes towards Jahannam. (TV is the mother of immodesty.)

9. TV is a general sin - People generally watch TV together and and also talk and boast about it. Therefore the punishment is also general. Moreover all those people responsible for the TV get other people's sins too. Even after death the sin still continues.

10. TV means being ungrateful to Allaah - To use Allaah's bounties in His disobedence is being ungrateful.

11. TV keeps away the angels of mercy and kills the heart. The result is that the sin is taken lightly or ignored.

12. TV narrows rizq and takes away happiness. It brings misery and problems which cannot be solved.

13. To watch certain films and programmes is kufr.

14. To admire, love and copy the actors and players (fasiqeen) is a major sin.

15. TV causes earthquakes.

16. TV is a cause of Allaah's curse which can destroy many generations

17. A person who watches TV is mardood us shahadah. His imamat and azaan are also makrooh because he is a fasiq. To accept the dawat of a fasiq is against the sunnah.

18. It is masnoon to break connection and love with those who insist on watching TV even after knowing its sins.

TV encourages violence and crimes which is practically implemented by those who view it.

The ruling regarding news :- This is not allowed too. If to keep TV is not allowed in the first place how can anything else be allowed? Moreover to look at and listen to the ger mahram males and females reading the news is also haraam. It is just a trick of shaytaan that first he makes us watch news and sports only and slowly move on to other things.

Health Risks of TV (as researched by western scientists)

1. Destroys eyesight (Children are mainly affected)

2. Makes the body lazy and immobile.

3. Creates back problems

4. The TV rays are very dangerous. They affect the brain. They are the main cause of cancer

5. Hundreds of TV viewers have died from blood cancer

6. The TV emissions are very fatal.

Glad tidings for those who protect themseleves from sins

In this day and age sins are so common that people are drowning in them. Due to the bad environment all around us it is very hard to protect ourselves from sins and the eventual wrath of Allaah. But those lucky and firm muslims who fear Allaah and stay away from evil during these trying times have been given glad tidings by Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They are mentioned below :- (Approximate translations)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said a time will come upon people that either they stay weak and helpless or get involved in sins. So whoever finds such a time should choose weakness and helplessness over sins.

Hazrat Abdullah ibne Mas'ud Radiallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said - After you a time of patience will come. During that time the person who follows Deen will be like someone holding a spark of flame in the hand. Such a person's position will be worth 50 people. Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam was asked - 50 from that time? Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied - No. 50 from among you.

Dear children we can learn from the above that TV is a cause of Allaah's anger and displeasure. TV viewers are under the curse of Allaah. How can such a person be happy?

Remember Allaah is wise and all knowing. His rules and commands are for our own benefits whether we understand it or not. A wise person is he who always accept the rules and orders of Allaah and follows them without complaint. Whatever is haraam for us is also dangerous for us. TV is just one example. So please let us not watch this evil thing. After so many warnings if we still watch it then it is our own destruction we are asking for. Allaah can do whatever He wants and whenever He wants. If He decides to punish us who will we turn to?

May Allaah give us tofiq to act on His commands and the Sunnah of His Beloved Rasool Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Aameen.

Taken from "Fitna - Qur'aan Hadeeth aur Aqal ki Roshni Me'n" By Maulana Mufti Muhammad Irshaad saheb - Ustaz ul Hadeeth Madrasah Riyadhul uloom , Gaureni, Jonpur, India

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