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    Verily! Hearing, Sight, and the heart, all will be questioned-Al Israa 036

    The Third Parent
    By Muhammad ash-Shareef

    As Allah ta’ala states, it is part of our belief that we shall be questioned
    and are responsible for the following:

    Verily! Hearing, Sight, and the heart, all will be questioned (by Allâh).
    (Al-Israa 036)

    And as Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - said, on the Day of
    Repayment, no one will move until they are asked about three things ... “And
    his youth - what he exhausted it with?”
    In Qawaa’id Fiqhiyyaah there is a principle that says, ‘Al Waasaa’il ta’
    khudhu Hukm al-Ghaayaat’ that ‘The means takes the same ruling as the
    intention of what is trying to be attained.’ A Television set, with the
    wires, screen, box, and plug is nothing more than a means. It is what is
    trying to be attained by that box that makes it Haram or Halal. Similar to
    a gun, something that can be used for noble purposes, such as defending one’
    s land from aggression, or can be a means of considerable harm - especially
    when given to a child.

    In an Arab ESL class, the teacher - as his opening class - would ask the
    students what English words were taken from the Arabic. A few hands would
    jerk up and say things like, ‘Chemistry from Keemiyaa’, Algebra from AlGebr,
    Physics from Feesiyaa’, etc.’ Then he would interestingly ask them what
    Arabic words were taken from the English, the answers come quick, ‘Raadiyo
    from Radio, Dosh from Satellite Dish, and of course Tilfaaz from TV.’

    What did the west take from us, and what did we take from them?

    Hence Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Fataawa
    3/227: [With regard to television, it is a dangerous device and its harmful
    effects are very great, like those of the cinema, or even worse.

    We know from the research that has been written about it and from the words
    of experts in Arab countries and elsewhere enough to indicate that it is
    dangerous and very harmful to Islamic beliefs (‘aqeedah), morals and the
    state of society.

    This is because it includes the presentation of bad morals, tempting scenes,
    immoral pictures, semi-nakedness, destructive speech, and Kufr.

    It encourages imitation of their conduct and ways of dressing, respect for
    their leaders, neglect of Islamic conduct and ways of dressing, and looking
    down on the scholars and heroes of Islam. It damages their image by
    portraying them in an off-putting manner that makes people despise them and
    ignore them.

    It shows people how to cheat, steal, hatch plots and commit acts of violence
    against others.

    Without doubt, anything that produces so many bad results should be stopped
    and shunned, and we have to close all the doors that could lead to it. If
    some of our brothers denounce it and speak out against it, we cannot blame
    them, because this is a part of sincerity towards Allaah and towards other
    people.]

    In Sahih Al-Bukhaari, when Guraayj was praying and his mother called him, he
    said to himself, “O Allah, my Salah or my mother?” He did not know whether
    to continue his prayer or discontinue it and reply the wishes of his Mother.
    She cursed him. And her curse was one that we may inadvertently be doing to
    our children the day we sanctioned the introduction of the third parent
    called TV. She said, “May you see a prostitute!” She did not say, may
    there be any relationship between you and a prostitute, no she just said may
    you see one. HOW many times has the main theme of prime time TV revolved
    around prostitutes? HOW MANY TIMES have our children witnessed it? How
    many times have they been cursed to be in such a situation?

    Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar - radi Allahu ‘anhu - once passed by some people killing
    time by playing chess. He became shocked at what was happening and angrily
    said to them - quoting the verse of Qur’an, “What are these IDOLS that you
    are standing in vigilance over?” What would he think if he saw the Ummah
    and it’s welcomed hug in most Muslim homes.

    When a Muslim nation watches their country play in the world cup, over 3
    million Muslims from that one country tune in. Times that by the duration
    of the match, 3 hours, and you’ll have 9 million hours of the Ummah’s time
    wasted on a football game. In one sweeping night. If Karl Marx said in 1844
    that ‘Religion is the opium of people’, then what about TV?

    Dear brothers and sisters, Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - said,
    “The person shall be (on the day of Judgement) with those that they love.”
    Tell that to a Muslim child, that on the Day of judgement, if they love
    Michael Jordan sooo much they’ll get to be with him on that horrific day.
    It’s sad, but most Muslim children would get happy and excited about the
    prospect - isn’t that enough to strike fear into our hearts? Who are the
    Muslim children really going to be with on the Day of Repayment? Most of
    them cannot tell you the names, just the names, of those people that we hope
    them to be with!

    Let’s ask ourselves, if we gave a chance for our sons or daughters to put up
    a poster of their hero, the one whom they think is the ‘coolest’ - would it
    be their father or mother? Would it be the Prophet or his Companions? OR
    would it be a basketball player that he saw on TV? Or an actor (even
    cartoon) that he saw on TV? Or a model that she saw on TV? Or a musician
    that he/she saw on TV? Who would it be?

    Ok, the TV is monitered in the house by the parent, correct? (95% of
    parents with children 8 and up don’t monitor). Now what happens if the
    parent dies on the way to work one day and the children inherit the TV?
    Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - said, “There is not a single
    shepherd (Ameer) that Allah entrusted with a flock - who dies and in a state
    where he cheated them - except that Allah shall forbid him from entering
    paradise!” The ‘Ulumaa would quote this hadith in light of the father in a
    Muslim country that would allow a Satellite Dish to enter his family which
    Allah entrusted him with.

    Dear brothers and sisters, we are not here on earth to entertain ourselves
    to death. We are an Ummah with a Risaalah! When Rib’ee ibn ‘Aamir - radi
    Allahu ‘anhu - stood in the hands of the king of Persia, he announced the
    message as clear and as proud as every Muslim should, “Allah sent us to
    rescue humanity from slavery to slaves - to the slavery of the Lord of all
    slaves; And to rescue them from the choke of the material life to the
    expanse of this life and the next, and from the corruption of the cults to
    the justice of Islam!”

    If we don’t know how to read Qur’an, why aren’t we registering for the Qur’
    an institute here at Al-Huda. If we don’t know the language of the Qur’an
    and Sunnah, why aren’t we registering for the Arabic institute? If we don’t
    know about the life of Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - and his
    companions - radi Allahu ‘anhum - why aren’t we coming to the Seerah and
    Fiqh classes on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Doesn’t Allah ta’ala tell us in the Qur’an:

    (An-Nur 030)

    Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden
    things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is
    purer for them. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what they do.

    How do reconcile those verses with the television that assaults our eyes
    with Haram almost every second that it is on? How do we reconcile it?

    Have you heard of Cupid? Of course we have. They portray Cupid in cartoons
    and comedies as a chubby child with wings who is supposed to be the Angel of
    Love, shooting arrows of ‘love’ when the male looks at the female. Rather
    dear brothers and sisters, it is Iblees! For Rasul Allah - sal Allahu
    alayhi wa sallam - told us, ‘Verily the ‘look’ is a poisoned arrow from the
    arrows of Iblees!”

    Shaykh At-Tahhaan once told his students, “It was late at night when our
    phone rang one day. This Muslimah whispered into the phone, ‘Is this Shaykh
    At-Tahhaan?’ I said, ‘Yes it is me.’ She kept saying is it really you? And
    he said, ‘Yes, what is wrong?’ At that she just started sobbing and sobbing
    into the phone. After some time, she explained, ‘The children’s father
    bought a TV and video 2 days ago. Tonight I found my young son practicing
    the Haraam that he saw on his younger sister!’ Then she collapsed sobbing
    again.”

    Everything starts with a look / and big fires start from a little spark

    Turn OFF TV, Turn ON Life

    After a grueling first year in the Faculty of Shari’ah, I came home to
    Canada where I spoke to a friend whom I hadn’t spoken to for over a year.
    In the conversation he said, “last night on TV Seinfeld said...” I was
    puzzled and realized that for an entire year I had not heard anything other
    than Imam Shaafi’ee said, and Imam Abu Hanifa said. It was an ignorance
    that as Shaykh Abdul Muhsin ‘Al-Abbaad would say ‘that we ask Allah ta’ala
    to increase us in it’s ignorance.’

    Some people argue that TV is just a harmless avenue of entertainment and
    that there should not be a big deal made about it. It is interesting
    however that we see in Shari’ah that what is more deadly than Haram is Bid’
    ah. Why you ask? Because when someone does Haram like eating pork, he
    knows it is Haram and that one day it is hoped that knowledge will lead him
    to fear Allah and refrain. Bid’ah - on the other hand - is something a
    person does with the hope of reward from Allah, something that the person
    considers to be ‘harmless’. It is deadlier because the chances of this
    person correcting the situation are less due to the ignorance which causes
    lack of motivation.

    Other people will say that we have a TV for the news and Islamic or
    educational programs? Dear brothers and sisters, is there no other avenue
    to get the news? Is there no other means by which a child can be educated
    and stimulated to learning?

    Didn’t anyone ask why we get all this ‘FREE’ TV? What does the TV sell? No
    it doesn’t sell Coke or Nike or McDonalds burgers, it sells the AUDIENCE TO
    ADVERTISING COMPANIES! Why do you think they charge $1 million for 30
    seconds of advertising in a Superbowl game?

    Consider these facts:
    Brand loyalty starts at age 2 - they can snatch a child into a lifetime of
    allegiance to their product from that tender age. How old were you when you
    started loving Coke or Pepsi?

    On average, a viewer watches 20,000 commercials each year. If we repeated a
    page of Qur’an to you that many times, do you think you would memorize it?

    This is just for the products, what about the ‘Aqeedah that they are being
    taught, a whole stack of beliefs that gets fed to them every time they sit
    to listen to their third parent. Where are the horrific stats for that?

    To give just a simple example that we all know, go to a lecture where the
    Imam is talking about women’s rights in Islam. Listen to the Muslim males
    and females debate with the Imam. Where did they get their points? Where
    did they become so hostile to anything that contradicts the Western view of
    women’s rights? Why is there no hostility to the Western view?

    Most of it was learnt on TV, the rest was learnt in the public school
    curriculum.

    If this is the programming, the brain washing of our youth, then where shall
    they be reprogrammed when they prefer the TV over anyone else. Dear
    brothers and sisters, it is a fact that more than half of American children
    would rather watch TV than spend time with their mother or father.

    After surveying a lot of young children and asking them what is the one
    thing that they would sacrifice their favorite TV shows for, many replied
    that if there were some sort of outside activity they would give preference
    to that. Meaning, if someone took them by the hand and organized some after
    school activities they would embrace the idea.

    Here are some other things that you can do instead of being shackled to the
    TV, the option is yours:
    - Play outdoor games
    - Build extra curricular skills, such as martial arts or calligraphy or
    sewing or
    - Visit the library.
    - Take on a job where they one can become serious about life and work.
    - Do acts of worship such as reciting dhikr and wird, salaah, reading Qur’
    aan, fasting, and thinking about the signs of Allaah in His creation.
    - Adopt an Islamic cause in the place where you live, and take part in it,
    such as teaching Muslim girls.
    - Support an Islamic magazine by sending articles, statistics and useful
    information of interest concerning Muslims in the West.
    - Take part in charitable projects to help Muslim orphans, widows, divorcees
    and elderly, or joining a committee to help organize social programs and
    celebrations for Muslims on Eid.
    - Find righteous friends to meet with and good neighbors to visit.
    - Read Islamic books in particular and useful stories in general.
    - Take part in da’wah activities, men or women’s activities and preschool
    programs in Islamic centers.
    - Listen to tapes and lectures, write summaries of them, and distribute the
    summaries to anyone who could benefit from them.
    - Do arts and crafts
    - Cook items to be sold to raise funds for the Islamic center.
    - Take an interest in computers and computer programs. This is a vast field
    that can fill a lot of time, and the computer can be used to do a lot of
    good things as well as providing entertainment in the form of permissible
    games.
    - Spinning, weaving, cutting out and sewing.
    - Gardening
    - Exercising outside or at home.

    In conclusion dear brothers and sisters, today is the beginning of a new
    day. Allah gave us this day to use as we will. We can waste it or use it
    for something good and beneficial.

    But let us know that what we do today is important because we are exchanging
    a day of our life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone
    forever; and in it's place shall be something that we left behind ... lets
    let it be something good and something beneficial.


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    Parde ilm hazaar kitaaba...kaddee apnai aap nu parya naee.." BULLEY SHAH

    [This message has been edited by Masooma (edited June 13, 2001).]
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