Writer: Aminat MCB/100L

“Verily, the hearing, the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned by Allah” Surah al-Isra’ V:36

Watching movies includes looking at things that are haram such as seeing awrahs, following immoral actions or listening to things that are haraam such as music and obscene talk. Undoubtedly it is haraam to watch them in this case.

If the movies are free from such things, then there is nothing wrong with watching them, so long as that does not distract one from remembering Allah or keep one from doing something obligatory.

No distinction is made between documentaries and other kinds of movies.

Take note however, watching movies has a bad effect on the individual and the ummah. These include the following:

Provocation of desires.

Propagation of immorality which is made attractive and easily accessible.

Teaching and justification of crime and making it familiar to the young and the old.

Corruption of married life by making the wife seem ugly to the husband and vice versa by showing images of attractive girls and men.

Spreading corrupt beliefs which are based on kaafir theories such as the theory of evolution or attributing the powers of destruction and creation to inventors and researchers or propagating magic, soothsaying and claims of knowing the unseen or making fun of religion and religious people.

Wasting of time and draining away of  energy, while living with illusions far removed  from reality.


Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (May Allah preserve him) said: Another of the evils of looking at those beguiling images and enjoying watching images which are shown in movies which show images of adorned women, especially those which are broadcast from foreign countries, and those that are shown via satellite, etc.

“They are a fitnah. The one who looks at those images cannot be sure that he will remain uninfluenced by the images of the women or the ones who are committing evil and showing him the way to do it. He may not be able to control himself and stop himself from looking for ways to fulfill his desire, if he does not have the faith to stop him looking at these images, whether they are drawings, photographs in the pages of newspapers and magazines, or they are shown in the direct broadcast or in movies and the likes”

Surah al-Isra’ V:36

“Verily, the hearing, the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned by Allah”

Surah al-Noor V:30

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and protect their private parts…”

Everything starts with a look, and big fires start from little sparks. As long as a man’s eyes are looking around, looking into the eyes of others, he is in a state of danger. His eyes may delight in that which could destroy his heart.

The movies can be very dangerous and has harmful effects on Islamic beliefs (‘aqedah), morals and state of the society. This is because it includes the presentation of bad morals, tempting scenes, immoral pictures, semi-nakedness, destructive speech, and kufr. It encourages imitation of  their conduct (the kuffar) and ways of dressing etc.


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