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TELEVISION AND YOU

Night after night, we sit for long hours in dark rooms. Identical images flow into our brains, McDonaldizing our perspectives, knowledge, tastes, and desires.

We spend more hours watching nature shows than experiencing the real thing; more time laughing at TV jokes than making jokes ourselves; more time experiencing TV sports than actually picking up a ball in our hands.

Halal and Haram are lost when eyes are mesmerized, fixed on that 19" piece of furniture called television.

Our brains are targeted at the rate of 3,000 marketing messages per day - twelve billion display ads, three million radio ads and over 300,000 TV commercial toxins are dumped on us. Our attention spans are diminishing, our imaginations giving out, we are unable to remember the past.

While competing for the best of this world, we once in a while recall the everlasting life. But that moment doesn't last very long. It is washed away pretty fast as we willingly setlet down for another session with our good friend TV.

And children. Those innocent souls, born Muslim, are being given away to the 19" babysitter to turn them into a lost people.

This page is not about complaining. This is about taking charge. It is about sharing the technique of liberation while singing the hymns of "We hall overcome". It is about... wel,l check out some of the following helpful essays and tipsheets. You'll get the idea.


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Ahmed, Leicester - wrote on 11/1/2005 10:55:50 AM
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Comment: its sad to see that in so many homes the tv is the center of entertainment. children are being almost being raised by the tv. i have seen children as young as 3 who can pray several surats with perfection by heart. In contrast with childhood rhymes we can still recall. #twinkle twinkle little star......LOL!


aliyah muhammad, pennsylvania - wrote on 5/21/2003 11:31:22 AM
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Comment: It is better to keep the t.v off and participate with your family and even get involved in your local masjid . there are a lot of activities to do outside of the home. especially with your children , example take your child to the park have them pick out a few rocks ,leaves or branches {small ones of course] Bring them home and talk to your child about how Allah created all yhings and then afterwards let her paint these beautiful rocks then put them on display as a center piece ,your child will really enjoy this activity .I did this and my duaghter loves to go on nature walks and look at trees ,flowers and grass.


aliyah muhammad, pennsylvania - wrote on 5/21/2003 11:30:28 AM
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Comment: It is better to keep the t.v off and participate with your family and even get involved in your local masjid . there are a lot of activities to do outside of the home. especially with your children , example take your child to the park have them pick out a few rocks ,leaves or branches {small ones of course] Bring them home and talk to your child about how Allah created all yhings and then afterwards let her paint these beautiful rocks then put them on display as a center piece ,your child will really enjoy this activity .I did this and my duaghter loves to go on nature walks and look at trees ,flowers and grass.


Weesie, MA - wrote on 4/3/2003 8:48:02 PM
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Comment: Some people may think that now is not the time to promote 'Turn Off the TV Week' because of the war in Iraq. I would just like to say that there are much better ways to keep informed with the war, like listening to NPR or reading the newspaper. All they show on CNN are these sensational titles, with all of their 'war correspondents' and 'retired military generals,' all giving their two cents worth, while the bottom of the screen is rolling along with all of these vague, one-liners that just add clutter to the screen and make it really hard to concentrate on anything at all. So go ahead and turn off the TV! You'll feel better when you do, and you'll still be informed about the war.


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