Sexualisation of Society

A while back, on a Facebook thread, the poster said:

“Never really thought or even realized how much haram there is in Bollywood music videos. Just as much objectification of women as most hiphop videos. It probably aint a good idea to have those videos playing in family restaurants either…My God!!!”

The poster was not an Indo-Pak but I thought that this was a good starting point for a discussion on the issue of sexualisation of society and sexualising media and entertainment.

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Denigrating the Indian Flag.

I saw a picture on someone’s Facebook wall of a dog taking a poo on the Indian national flag, I was so angered by this and wrote the following comment on the person’s picture status:

Absolutely disgraceful. There is no reason to abuse or denigrate the symbols of other peoples and other nations. How would you feel if they made the same picture with the Saudi flag or the Quran or something dear to us? Why do people do this? What insecurities are they trying to make up for? Anyone who finds this funny, or finds it amusing should not then get foam mouthed and offended when our symbols sacred and national suffer the same abuse.

One of the principles of the Sunnah is “let there be no harm and no reciprocating harm”. We are Muslims, alhamdulillah, let us have high ideals, let us be the Muslims that our religion requires of us.

It is an affront to the person and character of The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) when Muslims engage in such low, base and idiotic endeavors. We are in the business of attracting people to our way, not giving them excuses against us and not shutting doors in their faces.

The symbolism represented by the Indian flag are entirely honourable. The principles it represents are universal ideals that Muslims hold dear.  Among other things: courage, loyalty, honesty. The wheel symbol is the wheel of law.

Shame on whoever made this picture, may they learn honour, dignity and respect which are basic Islamic etiquettes that we should, as Muslims, adhere to by default . Shame upon shame.

Qur’anic Ringtones … don’t!

I was in the company of an acquaintance and his mobile went off. The ringtone was a Quranic recitation. This is not the first time that I have heard verses of the Quran used as ringtones and I feel that this trivialises the Quran and is, perhaps, against the adab (etiquette) and manners one must show towards the Quran. The Quran is not there to alert you to the fact that someone is trying to contact you to discuss worldly matters.

With the above in mind, I advised my acquaintance that, perhaps, he should select an alternative ringtone. To his credit, the young man gave the matter some thought and agreed with what I was saying. Many people do not realise that they are disrespecting and trivialising the Words of God by using them in such a manner. The Ulama, across all sectarian divides, are seemingly unanimous¬†about this issue. There are many reasons that one should not use the Quran in such a manner, the main reasons being that you are cutting off the recitation mid-recital, this could play havoc with the meaning of the ayat. The phone going off in the toilet – a place of defilement and filth. The fact that when it goes off your first thought is “my phone is ringing” not “the Quran is being recited”. Allah tells us in the Qur’an to be silent and attentive when the Qur’an is being recited. It is just plain bad manners to use the Qur’an in such a manner, worse still are those who use the Quran and background music in the shops and homes whilst going about their business and chores. It’s bad enough that many of us (me included) don’t regularly read the Qur’an which was the intended purpose (“Iqra!”), instead of us being under its command, we have subjected it to ours.