Bismillah Hirahaman Niraheem
A major issue among the Muslims of today is whether watching TV is allowed or not allowed. Every coin has two sides, similarly watching TV has its own pros and cons. Whatever affects religion negatively is Islamically unacceptable. Watching TV also has many disadvantages which go against the Shariah.
Reason 1: Exposes awrah.
Islam accepts the fact that humans are created weak and that they can be easily tempted. That is why lowering of the gaze for men and women is prescribed in the Quran. The Shariah also states the permissible awrah for men and women separately as a general requirement of modesty. In television short dresses have become the norm and muslims are not even conscious that they are seeing what is not permissible. It has de-sensitized muslims to the extent that they no longer lower their gazes when they see something obscene and they have no feelings of shame or guilt.
Another aspect is that watching TV promotes listening to music, which is another area where difference of opinion exist as to whether it is allowed or not.
Reason 2 : Spreading corrupt beliefs
TV is full of programs and commercials that reinforce risky behaviours, such as drinking alcohol, doing drugs, smoking cigarettes and showing women in poor light. Violence and murder is all right if it is done by a good person. Mingling of men and women is not at all wrong. Hijab is forgotten. This leads to moral degeneration where wrong practices become acceptable. People start to become materialistic, being tempted to buy all that is shown in the commercials.
Reason 3: Addictive
Another problem with watching TV is that it is addictive. Many problems within a family arise because either the husband or wife is so addicted to the TV that they start neglecting the family and kids. It also leads one to neglect or forget his salah. The time which could be spent effectively in Allah’s remembarance, reading the Quran or gaining knowledge of deen is wasted in front of theTV.
Reason 4: Negative impact on kids
TV can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, and spending time with family. Playing with friends, which is very crucial to developing a child’s social skills, is also affected. This can be very devastating to a child because good socialization skills are important in the development of becoming a productive adult. Kids may become used to violence The mind of a child is like clay. It forms early impressions on what it sees, and these early impressions determine how he sees the world and affect his grown-up behavior.
Reason 5: Health concerns
According to American Medical Association, people who watch too much TV are usually overweight. The physical inactivity causes obesity. They’re also bombarded with ads that encourage them to eat unhealthy foods like potato chips and empty-calorie soft drinks that often become preferred snack foods. Watching too much TV exhausts what psychologists call the orientation response, making you feel tired and depressed. It may feel like it relaxes you but it actually agitates and tires your brain.
That which is Halaal is clear and that which is Haraam is clear, and between the two of them are ambiguous (mutashabihat) matters about which many people do not know. Thus he who avoids ambiguous matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honour, but he who falls into ambiguous matters (eventually) falls into that which is Haraam, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allaah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh, which, if it be whole, all the body is whole, and which, if it is diseased, all of (the body) is diseased. Truly, it is the heart.”
[Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim].