Assalamualaikum wa rahmahtullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
With a group of young kids… (a true story).
Question: Children, do you like to watch Shin Chan cartoons?
Question: What time is Shin Chan cartoon on?
Answer: 7.00 – 7.30 pm
Question: What time is Maghrib, children?
Answer: (sheepishly) Uhh…about 7.15 pm
Question: So, when Maghrib arrives, do you go pray?
Answer: Uhh…no. We do it after Shin Chan is over.
Question: Do you think as khalifah, you should delay your prayers?
Question: So will you now try to do your Maghrib prayers first before you watch Shin Chan?
Answer: Yes, Insha’Allah.
I’m writing this post because I just realised today that Shin Chan is now airing at 7.30 – 8.00 pm! Is it pure chance that the timing for Shin Chan is now moved ahead to coincide with the current Maghrib prayer around 7.35 pm..? I think not.
This cartoon is the worst possible influence on children yet it is clearly one of the most popular cartoons in the country. Shin Chan, as the main character in the cartoon, shows such disrespect and rudeness to his mother that I’ve cringed hearing his language. I’ve watched one episode where Shin Chan was complaining to his mother about his father and his mother agreeing then continues ruthlessly abusing her husband to Shin Chan.
Call me old-fashioned but isn’t the husband and the wife suppose to protect the dignity of one another in front of their kids? Do you suppose after hearing his mother lambast her husband, Shin Chan would continue to have respect for his father…?
Please speak up against the airing of this cartoon and cut off your children’s access to it. And your nephews and your nieces and your grandchildren and your neighbour’s children…