We don’t watch Astro, the satellite TV here, as a choice. Allahyarham Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi gave a simile years ago. He said having the influences from today’s TV in the home is like hearing a knock on door and opening it to find Shaitan waiting to come in and being allowed in! Allah s.w.t. clearly said in the Quran, Surah Al Fatir, verse 6,’ Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy.’ Day after day, hour after hour, we have our avowed enemy influencing our minds and hearts (and our children’s minds and hearts!) and we do nothing!
A friend of mine pointed this out to me- that TV programs are just that…they ‘program’ our minds! Choosing to switch the TV off for good in our home is the single, most beneficial act I’ve ever done! Our house is calmer, the boys are forced to do other (educational) activities in place of their TV time. The house is scattered with evidence of this; Lego models of every kind and books! I have children who love to read! Alhamdulillah. Adam is known as the ‘walking encyclopedia’ and Daniel is fast catching up.
We are not completely without, though. The boys are allowed to use the Internet (surprisingly, they don’t surf for games). They go to Youtube to watch Star Wars: Episodes 1-6; Star Wars Clone Wars; Lego Star Wars (obviously, they are big fans of Star Wars). I guess really to get ideas to build their Lego ships…
Alhamdulillah, because they know they are khalifah, they always ask permission before using the computer and they have to tell me exactly what they want to watch or do on the Internet. In spite of this, I’m still considering installing a filter software to ensure they don’t accidently access the wrong sites. Sigh…Is the Internet going to be good or bad for them?