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well, this would be my bed room without pictures,


no TV, beacuse Tv and pictures, thers not much differance.

a lot of media deleted off my computers, (so cobwebs would be on it due to not using it out of boredom)

a lot of books / magazines / newspapers (not the indecent ones for the record) in the bin (i read new scientist, cvg and sometimes i download shonen Jump)


but most killer of all, no playstation (oh cruel fate). (ps. that would also trash my final fantasy collection)


that would be most "all" things media related stuff gone. face it, most of western entertainment is made through utilising pictures, photos and drawings made by hand or taken by camera / film ir generated by computer. coz it's not like whee i live 21 year olds will come outside to play football, and as we get older it seems we're more refind to home electronic entertainment (which one way or the other uses pictures lest the radio, which again itself is full of music which again is not good)


is there a ruling for pictures drawn for the purpose of entertainment?


for reasons i can see why pictures are a hazard from looking at my (now barren) room. would be:


they make up the media - thus entertainment (as i and i'm sure someone else on the planet sees it as) and what humans would most likely spend their time on.

perhaps all the possibilities of utilising pictures lead towards only forgetting God.


well anyway, it would be interesting to hear from someone who has actually shunned all sorts of media entertainment.




hello? how did it come all the way from photos to newspapers and magazines and computers?


okay yeh tv is haraam you should be watching that..pictures with eyes in the room....no angels of mercy will come in to the room! i dont think theres even 1 website on the net without a picture on it!


your allowed to read stuff for educational reasons!


even i have pictures in my room but i sisters chopped all the heads off! :P i dont read newspapers or magazines so thats not counted...my little sisiter does have a gameboy which she plays on....books..yeh have enough of those but there all isalamic ones....i do have playstation in the house ..why aint that allowed? i mean its not exactly tv is it?? thats just time pass right? and you can switch off the music in that!


id like to know a person who doesnt have anything like a so=ingle newspaper ion the house! koi he?



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reminds me of a hadith (and although i can't quiete exact;y remember it through and through) it went something like, an old person who had lived to see the time of the prophet in his youth was telling some present day people that the things they considered as minor sinns at the time of the prophet were considered HUGE.


anyway, magazines arn't that bad, i just like to read stuff on global warming, and the desghner on new scientist (well at least he used too) does some pretty niffty abstract art. (sometimes)


i notice that HY (harun yahya) reads it sometimes, and theres also national geographic, thats FULL of pictures of willife, animals, people, places.


oh yeah, it got to TV and magazines, becuase it was pointing out that pictures are used about everywwhere.

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ps. behaeding poster people is cruel. please kindly fold up the piece of unwanted paper and gently put it into a nice recycle bin. :D

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heres my advice, follow what you think is correct view,

but remember if you make things too hard for your self you may end up moving away from Islam,



very well said bro....but i m all confused about pic....... one is asking about micro-organic...the other about body parts.... :D one says its Haram, the other says its fine..... :D

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and other fact that is already mentioned here, that why tv then? how many Islamic scholars have made videos of their lectures? and pic of their cds..... :P what about that? should we say they don't know that taking pic is Haram?


Which Fetwa should i follow???? the one saying its Haram or the one saying its fine unless its not nudity..... :D



*scratches her head* :P :D

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ps. behaeding poster people is cruel. please kindly fold up the piece of unwanted paper and gently put it into a nice recycle bin. :P




i didnt actually mean that she cuts off the heads i actually meant she puts glasses on den well draws glasses on them so you cant see the eyes...sorry my mistake i should have put it properly!



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and other fact that is already mentioned here, that why tv then? how many Islamic scholars have made videos of their lectures? and pic of their cds..... :D  what about that? should we say they don't know that taking pic is Haram?


Which Fetwa should i follow???? the one saying its Haram or the one saying its fine unless its not nudity..... :D

*scratches her head*  :P  :D




sis seeing as so many people give so many different fawata we should just keep away from taking photos....so that if it is haraam we do not commit haraam and if it is halaal if we dont do it there is no reward for it and no sin but i am sure that it is haraam....



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Assalamu Aleikum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu



Please check this discussion here you can find more:



(four pages!)



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i donot think that wat u guys say is true...no offense!but really,i donot see y it is haram 2 make pictures!wat about birthdays?


if you browse the previous pages in this topic you can see the debate within the 2 points of view and then it is up to you what opinion you want to take.

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i dont know the reason behind it but i do know that it is haraam to celebrate birthdays!

i do know that photos are haraam! i cant try and convince you more than i have tried at the end of the day it is your choice whether you want to listen or not!

remember that you will have to give account on everything you have done!


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and other fact that is already mentioned here, that why tv then? how many Islamic scholars have made videos of their lectures? and pic of their cds..... :D  what about that? should we say they don't know that taking pic is Haram?


Which Fetwa should i follow???? the one saying its Haram or the one saying its fine unless its not nudity..... :D

*scratches her head*  :D  :D


asalam wa alikum,

read the fatwa i posted and the fatwa others have posted make a comparision and an honest truth decission.

my reason for accepting that photos are halal if not hung for decoration is that todays society it is nessary to have images, but this then begs the question is it haram to take pictures of your kids etc.. to this i also say there is no problem as the point of taking this picture is not to idolise it or worship it anyway but to capture the memoray, in no way was it intented for worship. anway i suggest you read the hadiths posted by people.

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the ruling of Islam is the rul;ing of Islam at the end of the day it is up to you whether you want to listen or not! there is no force in Islam! the quraan it self says it!


Allah swt knows best!



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assalamulaikum i want to know that,"Is watching TV a sin?", i know that watching movies and listening to music is a sin but what about watching just a drama serial thrice a week.






"If we truly thought that T.V. had no impact on anyone, would we be spending

billions of dollars on television advertising ? If commercials have an

effect, wouldn't other messages?"


The above is the statement of a child and family professor, Dr. Greer Fox

(Quoted from the Tennesse Alumunus, Spring 1994). To most people, this

statement will not convey anything new to them. It will merely reaffirm what

they always believed - that T.V. has an impact on the viewer. However, what

almost everybody fails to realise is the extent to which the T.V. penetrates

into the minds of the viewers, especially children.


It was this very level of impact that prompted the writing of this article.

The mind-boggling extent to which T.V. influences the mind can be clearly

appreciated by the innocent reply of a five year old child to a question put

by his teacher. This incident sends shivers down the spine and leaves the

mind numb with shock. For a mu'min, it will pull away the ground from under

his feet and leave him speechlesswhen we consider the frightening

implications of such an incident. This incident is reported by the teacher

herself . She writes: " I asked one of the boys in my class: " Who is the

most powerful, Allah or the Power Rangers ? " Without batting an eye, he

exclaimed with childish certainty : " The Power Rangers!" When I told him

that Allah was the Most Powerful and that the Power Rangers were weak in

sight of Muslims, the boy was greatly dissapointed. I was graetly disturbed

by the depths of regard that these pupils have for T.V. stars."


Let us read the above several times. Yes, thi IS the extent that T.V. erodes

the mind, especially the impressionable minds of little children No, this is

NOT an isolated incident. Rather it is a rude reflection of what perceptions

have build up in the minds of other children who are equally exposed to the

imaan-killing poisons of the T.V. Some children verbally express these

perceptions. Others may not speak them, but they act them out in various

ways much later in their lives. Nor should it be felt that this devastting

effect of television is restricted to little chidren. Teenagers and adults

are all seriously affected in a most subtle manner by this medium.


Having touched on this topic, let us delve a little deeper into analysing

the various poisons that are contained in this box. The information

contained here consist of the findings of American researchers after years

of work. Hence this is the case of hearing the facts " from the horse's




Among the numerous problems that have afflicted our society, perhaps the

most worrying and frightening are the problems that have afflicted the

youth. The problems of the youth are more alarming since these very youths

will be the parents and leaders of tomorrow. The rate of juvenile crime,

drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, etc need no elaboration. However, most

people blankly refus to accept that the television has played a major role

in creating this chaos. But here we have it, from those very those very

people who have lit the fire which has now become a raging inferno. The

President of the Academy of Television , Arts and Sciences, Richard H.

Frank, admits: " Just as television was once an ENABLER of some of the

nation's drug problem, I believe to some extent it may today be an ENABLER

of some of the problems of the youth." Often parents come crying, wanting to

know: " But why does my child behave like this?" Perhaps they have received

the answer.



When one considers the average time that a child spends in front of the box,

it is not difficult to understand how the T.V. can be an enabler of some of

the problems facing society. According to Baehr, the ex-director of the

Television Centre at City University of New york, the average child watches

15 000 (fifteen thousand) to 40 000 hours of television by the time he's 17.

He goes to school for about 11 000 and spends about 2000 hours with his

parents. (Hollywood Reporter, March 4-6, 1994). Can we imagine what rot

settles into the mind of that child after so many ours in front of the box?

If we cannot, then let us read the incident of the five year old child



" Baby sitter"


Often the best thing that parents can find to keep their children occupied

is the television. In fact, some parents will be heard justifying this with

the words: " At least it keeps them off the street." However, the television

is no less dangerous than being on the streets. Rather, it much more

dangerous. Dr. Greer Fox says that when children are at home watching

television, parents feel they are protected from the dangers of the outside

world.. This is so because those dangers are " more apparent than the subtle

messages that kids receive on television." But it is the " subtle messages"

wherein the greatest danger lies for a mu'min. They attack the Imaan





In all this time spent in front of the box, what exactly does this "

educational tool" ( as many like to call it) teach your child ? According to

the same Baehr, the " educational theories" of television called for a three

step process. (1) Modelling behaviour. (2) Repeating that behaviour.

(3) Re-inforcing that behaviour. He then concludes by saying: " That is

exactly what television is doing. It models cruelty and violence, and it

repeats that behaviour. By the time he is 17, the average child sees 200 000

to 400 000 sex acts on T.V., 100 000 TO 200 000 acts of violence and 17 000

to 33 000 murders." ( The figures are not a misprint).


In the light of the above, is it any surprise that a survey conducted by a

U.S. group, Children now, found that " sex on T.V. encourages kids to have

sex before they are ready, and that some shows ENCOURAGE kids to disrespect

their parents. Also, some shows send the message that " being bad is cool."

In another survey conducted by the same group, 750 youth between the ages of

10 to 16 were interviewed. 62% said that sex on T.V. influenced their peers

to have sexual relations when they were too young.




Television has not even spared the health of it's ardent viewers. The

harmful effect on the eyes is well known. According to the research of

American psychologist Herbert Krugman, " watching T.V. scrambles your

brains" ( Natal Mercury 29-7-86). A pennsylvania State University

researcher, Dr. Paul Kettl has found a "dramatically high connections

between the rise of T.V. and a rise in depression..." He found that as the

presence of television grew, so did depresssion (Daily News). Now new

research has found that watching T.V. can bring about and also aggravate

heart problems. The study found that " violent scenes raise blood pressure

and increase the level of stress hormones in the body. High blood pressure

taxes the heart muscles and stress hormones suppress the immune system." The

researchers monitored 18 men and 22 women. After the subjects had watched

some violent scenes from a T.V. program, their urine levels of the three

stress hormones - adrenaline , noradrenaline and cortisol - were measured.

The researchers found that "women had higher levels of cortisol, the most

damaging of the three stress hormones. Cortisol suppresses the immune system

and prolongs the effect of the other two stress hormones."




There are many facts and statistics of this nature in the documented reports

of Western researchers. In the interests of brevity, they have been left

out. Nevertheless, by now any sincere reader would be asking the crucial

question: " What is the solution?" The solution can be summed up in four

words: " FIRST ATTACK. THEN DEFEND." It may sound like very strong words,

but let us consider the situation realistically. If an intruder has come

into your home, grab hold of your child, and is about to strangle him, what

would you do first? Will you first run to the phone and call the builder to

install strong security gate? Or will you simply grab the whatever available

and attack the intruder in order to save your child?

The intruder we have here is one...

- That teaches your child that the Power Rangers is (Allah Ta'aala

forbid) the most powerful!

- It teaches your child to disrespect you, and in the words of the

researchers, " to be disruptive and destructive."

- It shows your child 200 000 sex acts by age 17 and teaches him/her to

engage in pre-marital sexual activity.

- It exposes your children to 100 000 acts of violence and 17000 murders by

that age.

- It "scrambles the brains" and causes depression.

- It adversely affects your health and that of your family.

This intruder is whacking away at the body and soul of your entire family.

What will you do first? Phone your doctor for an appointment? Call your

loca; Imaam to speak to your child about respect for parents? FIRST


already been set. According to a Daily News report, " dozens or possibly

even hundreds of television sets have flown out of Bombay's tower blocks."

The "tele-bashers who are the followers of a local Muslim preacher" are "

heaving their sets out of the window, hacking them to splinters of glass and

plastic, burning or simply selling them." According to one "tele-basher,"

Abida Begum, the reason for this was: "our children were being corrupted."

It is thus time that we follow this noble example.


THEN DEFEND. Now by all means install the security gate and the alarm

system. The defence system in this case is the following:


learn one chapter of the knowledge of Deen is more rewarding than 1000

rakaats of nafil salaah. The angels surround the gatherings of Ilm.

According to the Hadith, the one who treads the path of seeking the

knowledge of Deen, Allah Ta'aala aese the road to jannah for him. Read the

virtues of the various deeds to your family. This will create the urge to

practice upon those deeds. With ta'leem, the darkness of ignorance will be

dispelled. Contact your local Aalim for further guidance in this regard.


Upon the recitation of each LETTER, one is blessed with ten rewards.

Recitation of the Qur'an creates nur (spiritually illuminates) the heart.

The evil jinns and shaitaans flee from a home where the Qur'an is recited

regularly. The home wherein the Qur'an is recited shines unto the

inhabitants of the earth (At-Targheeb). Regularly read an authentic Tafseer

of the Qur'an (such as Tafseer-e-Usmani) and learn what the Qur'an says to



Allah Ta'aala says: " Behold, with the remembrance of Allah do the hearts

get peace." ( Al-Ra'd:24)

In another aayah Alla Ta'aala says: " Remember Me and I will remember you"

(Baqarah). Zikr will grant one solace and peace. It will connect one to

Allah Ta'aala. It will cleanse the heart of spiritual illnesses. Recite

durood upon Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) daily in abundance.

According to the Hadith, when durud is recited, an angel conveys it to

Rasulullah(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) together with mentioning the name of

the one who recited it as well as the name of his or her father." (Virtues

of Durood). By reciting durood excessively, our names will be mentioned

repeatedly to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) when the angels

convey each durood to him. What an honour this is!



Like evil company will make one evil, pious company will likewise make one

pious. Engage in th e effort of rectifying oneself and encourage others at

the same time . By making an effort for Deen, Deen will become valuable to



These aspects will make life itself more meaningful. It will also enable one

to attain the everlasting bounties of Jannah. May Allah Ta'aala grant us the

ability to throw out the intruder and adopt the solution. Aameen.


Al-Haadi Vol. 3 Issue 3




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