Avoid Movies, Spend Your Time Wisely.
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
The Prophet (pbuh) said,
Whoever sits in a place where he does not remember Allah, he will suffer loss and incur displeasure of Allah. ~ Abu Dawud 5/819
Cinema that exists today is a house of sin, which spreads images of that which Allah has forbidden, pictures of women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait. Indeed in many cases it propagates and promotes sinful sexual relationships between men and women. This is in addition to the music and songs, and the films of crimes that corrupt society.
Furthermore cinemas are sheer waste of time that does not provide any intellectual value for the believer that will help him in the Akhirah. Even more significant, from this world perspective, it successfully makes the believer miss mandatory Salah when it is due. The Prophet (pbuh) said:
Allah said, ‘The son of Adam hurts me for he abuses Time, though I am Time. In My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night. ~ Bukhari 6/60/351
Here’s a short story that drives this point…
Two teenagers asked their father if they could go to the theater to watch a movies. The father denied their request. “Ah dad, why not?” they complained. Dad replied: “Because every movie contains nudity and portrays immorality as being normal and acceptable behavior.”
“But dad, those are just very small parts of the movie! That’s what our friends who’ve seen it have told us. The movie is two hours long and those scenes are just a few minutes of the total film! It’s based on a true story and good triumphs over evil, and there are other redeeming themes like courage and self-sacrifice. Even the movie review websites say that!”
Awrah for men is navel to knee whereas for women it is head to toe.
The father said, “My answer is ‘no,’ and that is my final answer. You will not go and watch any film. End of discussion.” The two teenagers walked dejectedly into the family room and slumped down on the couch.
As they sulked, they were surprised to hear the sounds of their father preparing something in the kitchen.They soon recognized the wonderful aroma of brownies baking in the oven, and one of the teenagers said to the other, “Dad must be feeling guilty, and now he’s going to try to make it up to us with some fresh brownies. Maybe we can soften him with lots of praise when he brings them out to us and persuade him to let us go to that movie after all.”
The teens were not disappointed. Soon their father appeared with a plate of warm brownies, which he offered to his kids. They each took one. Then their father said, “Before you eat, I want to tell you something: I love you both so much.” The teenagers smiled at each other with knowing glances. Dad was softening.
“That is why I’ve made these brownies with the very best ingredients. I’ve made them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are even organic; the best organic flour, the best free range eggs, the best organic sugar, premium vanilla and chocolate.” The brownies looked mouth-watering, and the teens began to become a little impatient with their dad’s long speech.
“But I want to be perfectly honest with you. There is one ingredient I added that is not usually found in brownies. I got that ingredient from our own back yard. But you needn’t worry, because I only added the tiniest bit of that ingredient to your brownies. The amount of the portion is practically insignificant. So go ahead, take a bite and let me know what you think?
“Dad, would you mind telling us what that mystery ingredient is before we eat?”
“Why? The portion I added was so small, just a teaspoonful. You won’t even taste it.”
“Come on, dad; just tell us what that ingredient is?”
“Don’t worry! It is organic, just like the other ingredients.”
“Well, OK, if you insist. That secret ingredient is organic … dog poop.”
Both teens instantly dropped their brownies back on the plate and began inspecting their fingers with horror. “Dad! Why did you do that? You’ve tortured us by making us smell those brownies cooking for the last half hour, and now you tell us that you added dog poop! We can’t eat these brownies!”
“Why not? The amount of dog poop is very small compared to the rest of the ingredients. It won’t hurt you. It’s been cooked right along with the other ingredients. You won’t even taste it. It has the same consistency as the brownies. Go ahead and eat!” The kids said “No, Dad … Never!”
The father said, “And that is the same reason I won’t allow you to go watch movies. You won’t tolerate a little dog poop in your brownies, so why should you tolerate a little immorality in your movies?
A companion of The Prophet (pbuh) said,
The Messenger of Allah sat with us and my thigh was uncovered. He said, ‘Do you not know that thigh is a private part?’ ~ Abu Dawud 33/6
Movies and plays these days are blatant display of women (and men) and their soft voices, enticing walks, dancing and singing – all of these are things that are forbidden in Islam, and they are among the easiest means that enable the Shaitaan to enter and settle in the heart of the viewer.
Don’t forget to read the story of Barsisa and how he led the monk astray. Similarly the two thriving industries today – music and movies – has made a negative impact within the society and individuals have lost focus from Akhirah. Their hearts have become hardened as they have started to follow their own desires and don’t remember Allah as they should. So let us stay away from any temptation.
And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: “This is lawful and this is forbidden” so as to invent lies against Allah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allah will never prosper. A passing brief enjoyment (will be theirs), but they will have a painful torment. ~ Quran 16:116-117
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Allah knows Best.
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
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