Ramadan is a time for cleansing our bodies and souls. Not only do our bodies get a detox, but also our souls. In fact, cleansing our bodies comes secondary to cleansing our souls. In life we form all sorts of attachments and addictions, but Ramadan is a time to bid these addictions farewell.
Many people think of Ramadan as a time to feast on yummy foods at the time of iftar – after a day of fasting. Their only job, they think, is to stop eating during the day. Some people take this a notch further and put aside some time for meditation and Zikr (remembrance of Allah). Matter of fact, Ramadan is a time to put behind earthly dunya (material and carnal pleasures) and concentrate on cherishing Allah.
Why is TV harmful during Ramadan?
Research shows that TV has serious hypnotic effects. People can easily become dependent on it because when they watch TV they put down all their guards and become receptive to everything it shows. Most people put down their defense mechanisms and therefore become susceptible to images, ideologies, subliminal messages and hypnotic vibes emitted by TV.
According to findarticles.com, “Once it catches your attention, television sedates you like a drug. Scientists say television viewing increases your brain’s alpha waves and slows your beta waves, making you feel mellow and relaxed. But once you turn off the television set, the good feelings evaporate.”
I’d like to add, that while you’re feeling relaxed and sedated by TV, every sort of garbage, twisted logic and illness shown on TV find an open gate within you. In Islam we are ordered to “lower our gaze” when we see an attractive woman, or a scene that is not pure. How many images and conversations do we allow into our systems, then, by watching TV?
Testimonial: Try not watching TV and see what happens…
When I was in my early twenties, I found a book that talked about the hypnotic effects of TV. A couple of decades ago, Coca Cola used to pay filmmakers to insert a Coca Cola can image every few film slides, so people at the cinema would “subconsciously see” the Coca Cola can and feel inclined to buy the drink as they left the theaters. A law banning such practices was passed some few years later, but Hollywood still resorted to many other different psychological tricks to pass on the logos of their sponsors.
I decided to experiment with TV. Generally I am less of a TV watcher than my other peers, but last year I put an end to watching TV and DVD. I kept at it for a year. Last month, I decided to see what TV channels had to offer, so I watched a couple of films. I felt disgusted by American comedies that used to amuse me. It seems that by quitting TV for a long time my natural right/wrong compass went back to the way it used to be. I started spotting really twisted and deranged concepts the 2 comedies I watched were marketing. They were basically telling people it was OK to be dishonest, to cheat, to be unfaithful to your wife/husband, to steal… all under a humor-driven cover. This, I find, is very dangerous, because you laugh while your heart and brains get polluted and whether you know it or not you become more inclined to practice what you see because somewhere inside “shame” was broken.
So, my advice to you is, keep your purity and don’t watch TV. And if you are schizophrenic, or know someone who is, stop watching TV and see how much better your life will be.
New Note: Going to cinema is even worse than TV, because with amplified images and sounds, your inner purity is swiftly polluted and there is nothing you can do to stop wrong concepts, and corrupt ideas, from entering your heart…while you are being bombarded!