Horror Movies

It is an established fact that TV programs and movies in general, especially scary movies, (apart from being impermissible) can have a lasting effect on one’s mind. The devastating effects of these movies can be understood from the experiences of the viewers. According to one study, a wide range of symptoms were reported, including crying, screaming, trembling, nausea, increased heart rate, feeling of paralysis, shortness of breath and fear of losing control. Some people even become suicidal after watching certain movies, whilst others become rebellious to their parents. Apart from these short term effects, often long term effects could result in depression, anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. The frightening scenes

Beauty where it Belongs

  There is a well known principle in life which states, “There is a time and place for everything”. When correct time and place are not taken into consideration, an experience that would have otherwise been extremely enjoyable becomes disappointing and a pain to endure. To understand this in perspective, take the example of a platter of steaming hot, delicious food. The aroma of this gastronomic delight wafts through the air and it’s so tantalizing that people involuntary begin to lick their lips. As appetizing as the platter may be, however, if it is placed in the cubicle of a public toilet, people will refuse to even give it a

Are the two of you Blind?

Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates the following: I was once in the blessed presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while Maimoonah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was also present. While we were with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) arrived, and this was after the law of Hijaab was revealed. When ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) arrived, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed us, “Adopt Hijaab from him.” We replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Is he not a blind man who can neither see us nor recognize us?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “Are the two of you blind? Can the two of you not see him?” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4112) The

He will be disgraced in his own home…

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “O those who have accepted Islam with their tongues while imaan has not entered their hearts! Do not backbite the Muslims and do not search for their faults, for verily the one who searches for their faults, Allah Ta‘ala will take him to task for his faults and the one who Allah Ta‘ala takes to task, Allah Ta‘ala will disgrace him in his (own) home.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4880) This blessed hadeeth first of all teaches us that spying on people and delving into their affairs in order to find and publicize their faults is a quality of a munaafiq (hypocrite). A Muslim, on the

A Golden Guarantee

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “Whoever guarantees me (that he will safeguard and protect) that which is between his jaws and that which is between his legs, I will guarantee him Jannah.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6474) Safeguarding that which is between one’s jaws refers to two things. It refers to one being cautious in his speech i.e. abstaining from backbiting, lying, vulgar speech, speaking of things that are futile, etc., and it also refers to one ensuring that he only consumes halaal. Safeguarding that which is between one’s legs refers to one safeguarding his private parts i.e. abstaining from zina and all other sins of lust. (Mirqaat vol. 8 pg.