Question: Can mureeds watch television in this time of Ramazan?
Eh! Mureeds, they can do whatever they want. Whatever that you are doing, you are going to get the consequences of it. That big sheytan box, how many sohbets more we are going to hear Sheykh Effendi and Sheykh Maulana giving, to be careful from that sheytan box. That people they are sitting and they are being programmed. It’s not for nothing that those shows they are called programmes, because you are going to sit and you are going to get programmed especially in the television way that you are watching. With all those commercials, with all those propaganda, with all that brainwashing.
If you know how to use it properly, if you know how to pull back, if you know how not to jump into that, which very very few people they know how to do that. Most, they are just watching it and they just getting lost in whatever that is being shown. Very few they are watching and they are pulling themselves back and they are seeing everything. If you know how to do that, then that time it is necessary for you to see, to understand the kind of poison that is being spread through that television, to give yourself and others a warning.
So, Sheykh Effendi has said so many times about this. Television is something that is, most of the time, for the television he is saying, when he goes to Muslim house, it is the Qibla of the family. The television is the new Qibla. Everything in the house is turning towards the TV. The chairs, the table, everything is facing the TV. There’s one Qibla. And usually he says, the television is exactly where the Qibla is. Where the Qibla should be, they put the telelvision there. It’s a very bad thing in these days. It poisons the mind from the young to the old. You are sitting and you are not understanding the kind of poison that is coming to you, stay away from it.
In these days, you don’t have to have that too. You have it (Sheykh shows the iPhone) in your hand. You have this in your hand and you open and you watch. Now, more challenge is coming to you. What are you using that for? If you are using that to look at ayats or hadiths or sohbets, it’s going to give you something. But if you are going to use that only for malayani, for entertainment 24hrs, it’s going to put you to a state of ghaflat. That when you are in ghaflat, when you are in heedlessness, the person can come and give you a poison, you are going to drink. The heedlessness, the person has so much faith, but when he’s heedless, that faith can be taken away form him very easily.
It is a very big poison now. Because it gives you the poison of heedlessness, that television. So no need to be so controlled by it, especially in this time of Ramazan, try to put some control on that. Don’t be fasting through the whole day trying to be good and night time only to waste it. Don’t be fasting the whole day and the night time then suddenly before the Ishraq you are going to waste it also by watching something that you should not be spending your time with. It’s not necessary and it’s no good. May Allah protect our fast, insya’Allah. SelamAleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz,
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
2 Ramazan 1436H
June 19, 2015