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     A Conclusion

All in all, let us hold tight to doing right and following the guidance of truth and justice. Remember, the end of us all is to Allah (S.W.A). To choose a life without Allah (S.W.A),  is to choose a life of pain, worries and unhappiness both in this life and in the hereafter. Here is Allah (S.W.A)’s offer and warning to us:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects Evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things. (2:256)”

“Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness he will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith their patrons are the evil ones. From light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (forever). (2:257)”

As you can see, learning and understanding the hadiths of the Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W), and the Holy Qur’an is very crucial to survive as an obedient servant of God. I already mentioned that there are many lifestyles, but  many of them also run contrary to the teachings of Al-Qur’an. We must, therefore, learn and know the Qur’anic lifestyle.  Until then will we be able to decide what to copy from the public and what to ignore. If we do not learn the teachings of Al-Qur’an, we will very soon not know the difference between Islamic and non-Islamic ways of living. If we live without Allah (S.W.A)’s guidance, the loss is our own. On the other hand, if we strictly follow the teachings of the Qur’an and the hadith, we are promised Allah (S.W.A)’s help and protection. Allah (S.W.A) speaks:    

“Oh you who believe! Guard your own souls: if you follow guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. The goal of you all is to Allah: it is he that will show you the truth of all that you do. (5:105)”

What is right guidance? The guiding light in all affairs, the determining factor in all decisions, the bottom line of doing right, is to do what is true and what is just (34:23). On the other hand, evil is shameful; it neither creates anything new nor restores anything; it is purely a destructive force (34:49). Therefore, next time we are watching T.V. we should not forget to frown and reject the shameful and destructive scenes meant for humor. A believer does not, or should not, find humor in shame, destruction, and pain. The Prophet of Allah (S.W.A) says, if we see evil, we should remove it with our hands, and if that is not possible, then we should remove it with our mouths, and if that is not possible, then we should remove it with our hearts. This last one is the weakest of faith. In entertainment, we must look for dignity, creation, restoration, perseverance, happiness etc. If we have started, for example, to find it humorous when someone falls, head first to the ground, then we have some work to do. We must know that we were not born with an instinct to love destruction, torture and pain. This is a habit that started growing within us slowly until now. We do not want to stay this way. Enjoying looking at wrong-doing is just a stage. After some time, we will graduate to a level of actually taking part in these disgraceful and shameful acts. We may claim that we are different; and that we are strong; and that action movies are not real and they do not affect us, but that is not true. The truth of the matter is the effects of these games or action movies is immense.  They teach us actually how to live. We may not agree with some ideas, but we learn a lot from them.  So if we choose faith, then we have to follow the prophet’s advice of how to handle falsehood. In this case, if it is an action movie full of spilling blood, then to remove a wrong with our hands would be to switch off the T.V. To remove a wrong with our mouths would be to speak out against the bad actions. And to refuse to accept  these wrong actions with our hearts would be the last resort. Let us not only talk about the beauty of the Holy Quran and the Hadiths of the last messenger of Allah (S.W.A); Let us practically live by these great lessons from the one who knows it all, Allah (S.W.A).


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