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Silver Ramadan And My Brethren

EsinIslam Ramadan Explorer

Prof. Muhammad Al Hazimy

Question

As-salamu 'Alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!). I mean with Silver Ramadan watching TV during Ramadan. The story begins with: I am a religious young man or I seem to be like this but my parents are not.

They give me and my brethren the freedom to be religious or not and I am the elder brother.

I have younger brothers and sisters and I have some power in the family. After my father had grown old, he allowed me to rear my brethren and teach them knowledge, however the biggest problem is that we have a satellite at home and I cannot control the channels which my brothers and sisters watch because I am not always at home.

Now, Ramadan is forthcoming with many series. I go out early to perform Tarawih [Special voluntary night Salah during Ramadan] and I come back late, how can I deal with this situation? The biggest problem is: My brothers and sisters sit together with my father and watch these satellite channels and movies, so it is hard to turn off the TV or command them to go out. Moreover, at breaking the fast, the TV is on to view an interesting series; what should I do?

Answer

Dear Muslim brother, Wa 'Alaykumus-Salam war-Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh (peace be upon you). In the beginning, I ask Allah to grant you success, make you firm on the truth, and reward you for your interest in calling others to the way of Allah and trying to reform your parents as well as your brothers and sisters.

You can solve your problem by the following:

1- Explain to them the danger of satellite channels which display forbidden movies and series, explaining that they are from the most dangerous reasons for the weakness of religion, reason, and bad manners.

2- Explain to them the virtue of the month of Ramadan and its sanctity and explain to them that it is the month of mercy, piety, the Qur'an, acts of worship, obedience, and repentance. Allah (Glory be to Him) says: "O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fast) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqűn (the pious)." * [Observing Saum (fast)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskîn (needy person) (for every day missed). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know. *

"The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fast) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fast) must be made up] from other days. Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. To say Takbîr (Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him." [Surat Al Baqarah: 183 - 185].

Ibn Kathir said: "Allah (Glory be to Him) praises the month of Ramadan for choosing it to send down the Qur'an therein. A Hadith was reported that it is the month during which all divine messages were revealed to Prophets." [Tafsir Ibn Kathir, vol. 1, p. 501].

3- Show softness, humbleness, and calmness during explaining the truth, observe patience, and try to draw nearer to your brethren with gifts, such as: Books and useful tapes which explain the danger of satellite channels on individuals and on the society.
4- Grading in advice and quiet discussion, and look at the nearest brother or sister who will be convinced with your ideas and try to convince him or her bit by bit.
5- Try to find permissible alternatives such as: Convincing them that Al Magd satellite channel will replace the prohibited channels, suggest to make cultural competitions, interesting programs, and suitable prizes.
6- Invoke Allah to grant your parents righteousness and guidance, and know that invocation is part of their rights on you, and invoke Allah for your brothers in these blessed days; perhaps Allah would grant them repentance and forgiveness.

I ask Allah to grant guidance and repentance to your parents and brethren during these blessed month and to make you and us firm on the Straight Path.

May Allah grant us success and help us.
 

EsinIslam Ramadan Team

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