Yes, we know, not all TV is bad. There's the Learning Channel and Discovery Channel, for instance. Great! That just leaves about 90 to 95 percent of programming which qualifies more or less as trash.
Don't believe us? Check out some statistics
and if you've got kids or younger brothers or sisters, just watch how they become like Zombies in the face of this glowing box of charms.
So, if you are convinced of the dangers of television, here are some things you can do to convince family, friends and your local Muslim community to do the same.
1. Stop yourself
No anti-TV campaign will work if it's focused on others but not yourself. Make sure you aren't watching TV or that you are at least trying to cut back. Practice what you preach.
2. Have a family discussion on TV
If you're family has been passively gathered around the TV for years and considers this "family time" try something different. Turn the TV OFF and discuss your relationship with television. Who knows, maybe this discussion will be so much more interesting, you'll end up replacing family TV time with family talk time once a week?
3. Talk to younger brothers and sisters
If bringing your whole family on board is a bit difficult, try younger siblings. Work on curbing TV watching together. Make it fun for your younger brother or sister. Offer a reward, or draw up a chart together to help both of you keep track of your TV habits. Spend time together and bond instead of watching TV.
4. Encourage your Imam to talk about it in the Khutbah
Talking about the fundamentals of faith and prevailing politics are good topics for Friday Khutbah, but TV, the menace right in your home is also pressing. Convince the Imam that talking about the harms of TV and how to avoid it is a beneficial Khutbah topic.
5. Have a TV free get-together with friends
Make the following rule here: no one will watch TV, movies or anything related to the box in the living room. Also, if you want to really go further, make it a rule that the topics of conversation cannot revolve around the latest twist in a soap opera or the most recent plot on a sci-fi show. Play basketball in your backyard, go for a walk, do ANYTHING HALAL but watch TV.