"Does man think that he will be left neglected?"[Al-Qiyamah 75:36]
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Praise be to Allah alone, and peace be upon the last and seal of the Prophets
It excruciates the soul and fills it with pain and sorrow that the banners of many Muslims had stumbled and that they have surrendered to the temptations and the invasion of the immoral satellite channels neglecting or rather overlooking their harm and danger, their evil and affliction, and their influence and destruction.
Despite the gravity of the matter and its enormity, some may underestimate the impact of these channels claiming that they have not observed on themselves or on their sons and daughters any change whatsoever that is worth mentioning.
We say to such people that it is not a condition for the change that one will deviate immediately after watching those channels, the change may be gradual and on the long run, it may not happen to grownups or to those who have the remains of religion and brains and ethics, but it may occur to the youngsters who will be raised on watching those scenes and on being familiar with them that such scenes will be normal afterwards.
If we assume that no apparent corruption has occurred, then the mere watching of those shameful scenes and getting used to them and considering them as ordinary matters is in itself a change in the souls and a continuation of the disobedience and the sin which are prohibited by religion, and which are refused by the sound innate nature. It is to burden the soul with sins and guilt which man is in no need for, what a loss! We ask Allah that He may not make our loss in our religion.
Killing of modesty in women
Most of the programs in the satellite channels are of the greatest means of killing modesty in women. How is it to be expected from women to have a drop of modesty when they see on those channels movies that erase from their memory all forms of innocence and chastity, so that all is seen in front of their eyes is the wanton display of unveiling and forbidden relationships and the abandonment of all sense of virtue. They see films that outrageously show all the details of adultery; they watch infidelity and extramarital affairs presented as personal freedoms, they watch how a lover treats his girlfriend and all the seductive movements and sighs and erotic whispers that move the stones not to mention the humans, what would pass through their minds and stir in their souls when they see such scenes frequently repeated in front of them, will there remain any kind of modesty after that???
There are women from authentic highbred houses of ancient origin that are rooted in tradition and honor who weakened and fell - and they must weaken - before this frantic arousing of instincts, so do you think that – jealous man - that your daughter is immune and that she cannot make mistakes while you yourself have prepared for her all the means of committing mistakes, and by your hands have set up its beginnings?!
The beginning is news and the end is disgrace
Many people give the excuse that the reason for receiving the satellite channels is to watch the news and to be acquainted with the status of the world. Even if we assume that to be true: would this news be empty from the evils of the innovations in religion, from the pictures of women, and from music, all of which there is an agreement upon their being forbidden? Is it permissible for him to watch these evil actions? Is this news important and urgent to the degree that – for its sake – man commits sins and angers his Lord and that he sacrifices his religion and the religion of his sons and their morals that they have to watch what these channels show of the shameful views and scandalous scenes of deadly temptations??
Besides, is the means of getting acquainted with the world non-existent except in a way that vandalizes houses and wrecks families!!! There are many other sources that are more honorable and honest than these corrupt channels such as the well-known radio stations and the reliable magazines and the like; which have or cause no suspicion or temptation. However, these claims are in fact mere excuses and flimsy arguments because the beginning is news and the end is disgrace.
And assuming that there would be benefit, as claimed by some, from the news and the cultural and scientific programs, the benefit is so small that it is not worth the immense amount of corruption: intellectual, religious, moral, safety or even psychological, which has no target or aim but only to create truncated generations that have no relations to their religion or nation; not to mention the rule played by these channels in numbing peoples through the dissemination of vice and depravity and the propagation of licentiousness and the promotion of violence and crime and to make people getting used to see the evil and the shameful scenes.
Is this collective evil equal to the benefits claimed by some that they gain from those channels??! Allah the Almighty said: “Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie.” [Al-Kahf 18:5]
Transliteration: kaburat kalimatan takhruju min afwahihim in yaqooloona illa kathiban
The unbelievers complain
We are not the only ones to suffer from the dangers of satellite channels, the President of France complained about the dangers of the American movies and their influence on the youth of France, in Sweden they also complain about the invasion of French culture to their country, and thus each country complains from the other even though they have one religion and one culture. Nevertheless, they are cautious of each other, they have known the effects on children and young men and women, and they were guided to this by their brains. By Allah, we Muslims - who have a religion that prohibits much of what is shown in those satellite channels and our traditions are opposing them – face the most dangerous threat; we are more likely entitled to fight those channels and completely boycott them. Those channels have produced and will produce a strange lost generation whose ideas and intellect are shaped by those channels, a generation who has been brought up on committing all sins and on fighting every virtue, a generation whose morals are degraded and whose beliefs are deviated and whose principles and values are shaken, a generation whose main concern is to satiate its lust for the stomach and the private parts; what is expected of such a generation after that!!!!
The children also complain
Many parents think that they have done well to their children when they enabled them of watching those channels and that they are happy to do so.
But the reality is not like that. Many of the children had been burnt by these channels, their feelings are torn apart and their minds are distracted by them. Many of them are living now in a state of loss and anxiety, they are seriously depressed, even if they do not declare it,however, it disturbs them; and many of them hopes to get rid of it but cannot do that as they see it in front of them.
Let's listen to this soliloquy of one of the children towards his father
He says: O father: Much of what you have prepared for me through the satellite channels has become a source disturbance and misery for me. What I used to be happy with has become the major source of my wretchedness, I often hear that a father often likes the best for his son, but I shout loudly: but not you, O my father!!!
by Allah, O my father, I am now rolling into the fire you have lit under my feet, whether you feel it or not, and I am drinking the poison you have put into the cup which you have given me, whether you felt the gravity of what you have done or not. O my father! I know that you love the best for me, but you were the first to draw for me the road to perdition by the satellite receiver you have installed, O father, what a grave thing you have done!!!
O father! Does it please you to see me while I have lost my faith and modesty? And that my feet have slipped from the straight path? I wonder: are you pleased with my destruction or does my perdition satisfy you?!
What can I say to you? Do I say that you have destroyed my morals and wrecked my life? You have burdened my soul with all the meanings of misery and anguish, regret and remorse because of this evil which has beset us and surrounded us from every direction.
O father! Have you forgotten or have you overlooked that you have been entrusted with us and that you are responsible for us? O Father have you kept your trust and took your responsibility? Have you advised your wards who Allah has entrusted you with? Have you forgotten the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, when he said: "whenever a guardian, who Allah has entrusted with wards, dies while he is cheating his wards, but Allah will forbid Paradise to him". [Muslim]
It is a great rejoicing for he who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful.
O father: I implore your caring paternity if you are an advising fearful father and you seek our interest and happiness, I beseech you to remove these evils that have bedeviled our hearts and killed our sense of honor, they have eliminated our modesty and urged us to search for the desires and impulses, they will plunge us into the mire of vice and the evils of doubtful matters and lusts.
This is what the boy has said; I wonder what does a girl say???
This complaint is one among thousands of complaints and grievances, that stir on the hearts of Muslim children who are afflicted by this satellite receivers even if some of them do not declare it; but it makes them sleepless and weary: would parents pay attention and wake up from their heedlessness and slumber and save their children from the evils of those channels; and would they save them from the whips of pain that rip their hearts? Or would they remain as they are: ruthless parents who are fighting Allah the Almighty in His heavens?
For how long will this stubbornness continue?
My beloved brother who owns a satellite receiver
Muslim scholars have, so many times, called for prohibiting the reception of such channels, how many times wise men warned against their dangers, and the men who have a sense of honor called for clarifying their effects and harms! And despite all that you are still insisting on watching them! My brother: why all this stubbornness and insistence on erring and the reluctance to accept the truth?? What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for a punishment to befall you? Or are you waiting for a scandal to hit your son or daughter to wake up and consider? O Muslim brother: have you no fear of Allah?? Are you not afraid of His wrath and painful punishment?
“Indeed, the vengeance of your Lord is severe.” [Al-Buruj 85:12]
Transliteration: Inna batsha rabbika lashadeedun
Can you endure hellfire and the boiling fluids of hell?
Or can you endure Ad-dari' (a poisonous thorny plant) or the Zaqqûm (a horrible tree in Hell that has a very bitter fruit)??
Or do you think my brother that you have been created in vain and have been left out to no avail; wandering in the darkness of sin and the mire of lust; moving from a channel to a channel and from a series to a movie and from a dance to a song without a reckoner or a watcher and that there will be no punishment or reckoning, “Does man think that he will be left neglected?” [Al-Qiyamah 75:36]
Transliteration: Ayahsabu alinsanu an yutraka sudan
If that were the case, others would have preceded you to it; there is in everyone an instinct and a tendency to lusts and pleasures, but the fear of Allah and the harm of these channels in this worldly life and the Hereafter intervenes between the wise men and what they desire; because these wise men are directed and guided by their minds not their desires, therefore they triumphed over themselves and vanquished their cravings. O brother be one of those wise men and follow their example, and do not be one of those who are directed and guided by their lusts and libido.
My beloved brother: in order to realize that much of what is presented in these channels is a temporary pleasure and an illusionary happiness reckon how many months and years you have been rolling your eyes to these beautiful scenes and charming pictures: what have you benefited from them so far and what is left for you from them? By Allah, they are desires and pleasures that have gone away from you quickly, but their guilt and sin have accumulated upon you “Then have you considered if We gave them enjoyment for years (205) And then there came to them that which they were promised? (206) They would not be availed by the enjoyment with which they were provided.” [Ash-Shu'ara' 26:205-207]
Transliteration: Afaraayta in mattaAAnahum sineena (205) Thumma jaahum ma kanoo yooAAadoona (206) Ma aghna AAanhum ma kanoo yumattaAAoona
You might say that it is hard and difficult to dispense with these channels because of the interesting scenes and the charming and lovable images that are shown on these channels, and which entice watching and following up.
Let me tell you that in such situations the willpower is manifested, true faith reveals itself, and the fact of surrendering to Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him is confirmed. Otherwise what is the difference between the wise and the foolish, between the educated and the ignorant, between the strong-willed and the weak, and between the sincere Muslim and the pretentious one!
O dear brother, do not think that the owners of these channels, whether they are infidels or others, do not think that they have created these channels and lost millions just to entertain and educate you and your children! Nay by Allah! This is not what they wanted. They wanted to destroy not only you, but the whole Muslim society by them, they wanted to plunge it in crimes and evil to weaken it and repel its sons from their religion; and make them live without a goal or purpose. The enemies of Islam are serious about ruining Islam and Muslims, while Muslims have left Jihad and have put down their weapons and accepted humiliation, those enemies, by Allah, have never put down their weapons, but they have just changed the kind of weapon; after realizing that a military defeat of the Muslims might inflame the spirit of revenge and reveal to them their points of defects, and that they will soon reorganize their troops and come back strong.
Having realized this well they have abandoned the military invasion and sought a conquest which is more lethal and has a greater impact on the nation than bombs and missiles and even the nuclear weapons, namely the intellectual invasion. These channels are of the most dangerous means of this invasion and the most effective on the nation. And you, my brother by receiving these channels and by being satisfied by them, will undoubtedly be helpful to those enemies in their war against Islam and Muslims and in the dissemination of corruption among the people of your society; I wonder: will your faith and conscience allow you to do so? Or will your conscious reprimand you and your faith will stop you, and your sense of honor towards your religion and your nation will move you to reject all of those temptations and desires and become a useful member and a loyal soldier to your religion and your nation? We hope so.
May Allah guide us all to what He loves and what pleases Him.
Allah knows best and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions
Dar Ibn Khuzaymah
Translated by Wathakker.info website