There is a movie called Joyland that has caused immense uproar among Muslims in Pakistan, mainly for being a movie made by liberal Pakistani filmmakers who, after winning a gay award at a pretentious film festival, aim to import this filth over:
Joyland is set in Lahore city in Pakistan’s eastern province of Punjab and depicts the story of a young man who falls in love with a transgender woman. It debuted at the Cannes festival earlier this year, where it received accolades, including the Jury Prize as well as the Queer Palm award.
The director of this movie, Saim Sadiq, is extremely liberal. And considering that he graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts, it’s easy to see why his worldview mirrors that of the average brainwashed liberal. He is specifically ‘inspired’ to make movies about transgenders. One of the main production houses behind this film was Khoosat Films, headed by a famous Pakistani actor, Sarmad Khoosat. This production company has been responsible for other popular liberal films in Pakistan. Examples include Motorcycle Girl, a movie promoting the feminist agenda; Zindagi Tamasha, a movie about a religious elderly man who, after being recorded dancing at a wedding, has his video go viral and faces ‘oppressive societal repression’ from Muslims; and Kamli, another film peddling feminism.
Let’s start by examining the actual plot of the movie, Joyland, so we can ascertain whether or not the severe criticisms against it are justified.
The movie revolves around the Rana family, which includes the old ‘patriarchal’ head of the family whose wife has passed away, as well as his two sons and their wives. The youngest son is impotent, due to which he is unable to please his wife. He goes on to join a theater as an erotic dancer and falls in love with a transgender ‘woman,’ i.e., another man. While the movie follows this gay relationship, the other members of the family are revealed as having forbidden urges of their own. The wheelchair confined patriarch starts a relationship with his neighbor, and the elder son does has an affair with his younger brother’s wife, which results in her becoming pregnant.
This perverted and dysfunctional family is the movie’s depiction of traditional Muslim households in countries such as Pakistan. The movie is basically saying this is what all our fathers and mothers; all our brothers and sisters; and all our husbands and wives are like.
I cannot even begin to fathom how any sane person would take any of this seriously or consider it to be an accurate representation of reality. On the other hand, since the content of a movie directly reflects the views and ideologies of its director and writer, this movie offers a great deal of insight into the inner workings of the mind of a liberal Pakistanis.
The idea of sexual liberation is one of the primary tenets of liberalism. It is for this reason that unsuspecting liberals have been indoctrinated into believing that suppression in the form of religious taboos naturally leads to everyone living within a religious society being sexually corrupt to their very core; and that they are always thinking and acting upon various forbidden and degenerate fantasies. Every other person’s son is a homosexual who loves trans ‘women,’ i.e., men, and every other man lusts for his brother’s wife. This metanarrative is present at the heart of liberal movies and mainstream media, and it is an attempt to justify a degenerate society by pointing at a pure society and saying:
“You may act pure, but deep down, we know you’re just like us! We might not have any actual proof whatsoever to back up such a claim, but we’ll go ahead and make endless movies about it regardless!”
It’s the liberal world’s way of seething and expressing their hatred for pure, traditional Islamic communities. And unfortunately, the Muslims that have been indoctrinated into this worldview also end up believing that the only natural solution to this non-existent problem is for a sexual revolution to take place, just like the one experienced by the Western world decades earlier.
If everyone was allowed to mix freely with the opposite gender and act upon every sexual fantasy they had; and if society didn’t condemn and censure these immoral and degenerate actions and behaviors, then the world would be a much better place, and no one would be depressed or unhappy.
And the reason they don’t recognize these acts and behaviors as being immoral and degenerate is because of another one of liberalism’s core tenets: you can do whatever you want, as long as you’re not harming anyone. The reality however, is that these liberals don’t realize how they themselves don’t abide by this principle. There are numerous examples of things where no harm is involved which they would not tolerate. Things such as bestiality, necrophilia, incest and a consensual relationship between a child and an adult. When it comes to such scenarios, the ‘love is love’ principle is quickly thrown out the window, and their inner moral compasses awaken.
However, this may not be the case for much longer, since the degeneracy is increasing at an alarming rate with the constant social engineering and brainwashing taking place. They only tolerate the immorality that the liberal world has normalized thus far. Things like homosexuality, premarital and extramarital sex, orgies, etc., are all okay because the liberal culture one day decided it’s okay. This is the deep rooted hypocrisy that the liberal mind fails to perceive.
And while they push for a sexual revolution to take place in Muslim countries, they’re completely oblivious to the damage it caused in the West, where you now have a hedonistic satanic society filled with all kinds of deranged fetishes; where marriage is at an all-time low, the existing ones end in divorce; where homosexuals are allowed to adopt children; where transgenders are allowed to get close to children and explicitly explain their filthy lifestyle to them, often even putting on a perverted and disgusting performance or wearing clothes that reveal their genitals; and where parades filled with all kinds of sexual deviants walking the streets naked are praised as being ‘brave.’ This society, with all its sexual perversions and its consumerist lifestyle, has plunged itself deep into the depths of depression, where the only thing keeping them going is a steady stream of alcohol and antidepressants. This is the lifestyle that these liberals hide but are ultimately pushing for, in ‘the name of art,’ when they defend and promote movies such as Joyland.
Preventing and stopping such filth is precisely the purpose of the societal shunning of immorality and degeneracy. This is an inherent behavioral action that humans implement in order to bar indecent things from taking place, or from spreading within society. If you don’t want people to steal, you depict thieves in a negative light. You teach kids that stealing is wrong and harmful, and society looks down upon thieves. You also include a punishment to discourage the act further. This is why Islam is the perfect model for mankind. Not only does it forbid immoral sexual acts, it mandates public punishments for those who indulge in them. This then discourages their occurrence from society in the most effective way possible. Cheating on spouses, Zina, rape, false allegations and homosexuality would be at the lowest possible level if the Shari’ah were to be implemented fully and correctly. It would ensure that the greater good is achieved for society.
Then the liberals always fall back on sexual needs. Yes, humans have intimate and sexual needs. Men need women and women need men. That’s basic biology. Marriage fulfills this need. And not only does marriage fulfill this need, it enhances it by committing the husband and wife to each other. He has to lower his gaze from non-Mahram (marriageable) women and she has to cover herself up and not interact with non-Mahram (marriageable) men, in addition to staying within the home. They both fulfill their God-given gender roles, have children, and they all thrive as a result of this. This only deepens their love and brings them closer to each other. This natural way of life, one that has existed for all of human history, has been completely warped in the minds of liberals. They see it as nothing more than a social construct which leads only to oppression and misery. This warped image has been disseminated through years of social engineering, through movies and media. Just look at the disgusting way in which marriage is portrayed within this movie as well as all the forms of modern media that we consume today.
You’ll see depictions upon depictions of wives being compared to caged birds and described with derogatory terms such as ‘baby making machines’; the portrayal of husbands being unrepentant alcoholic wife beaters who don’t care about their wives and are completely incapable of pleasing their wives in anyway whatsoever; and the struggle of the wife to break free from all this fictional oppression. The modern scantily clad prostitute is depicted as being better than a traditional housewife. It is shown that there could be nothing worse than a woman being a traditional housewife, living in a traditional marriage. Consumption of such content has turned a ceremony that was once eagerly awaited by youngsters—especially young women—into a prospect that now terrifies them instead. In fact, getting a liberal education, consuming mainstream media and watching modern movies and documentaries is directly correlated with fear of marriage. And then these same liberals, after being afflicted with this agenda, have the audacity to claim that such movies harbor no agendas against Islam or family values.
When the elites want something to happen, they simply pay for it. The biggest proof of the dark agendas behind Joyland lies in its funding. And it is no surprise that Joyland is the first Pakistani movie to have an all American funding. When foreign investors actively push for a movie about liberal values and sexual degeneracy to be made and released within a Muslim country, what does that tell you? Does it not reek of the well-known liberal formula of indoctrination through mainstream media and entertainment? And for those who all-out reject the notion of media as a tool of social engineering, just take a look at what Israel’s former PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, has to say:
Citing the hundreds of thousands of satellite television dishes in Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu told the House Government Reform Committee that the United States could incite a revolution against the conservative Iranian clergy through the use of such Fox Broadcasting staples as “Melrose Place” and “Beverly Hills 90210” — both of which feature beautiful young people in varying states of undress, living, glamorous, materialistic lives and engaging in promiscuous sex.
In the past this kind of brainwashing was difficult to achieve because you had to actually conquer or infiltrate a land before being able to influence its youth. But now, in the age of technology, the internet and social media are very easy to manipulate avenues in order to spread liberal ideologies. Especially when it’s the liberal world order that controls what constitutes mainstream internet, where they can promote what they want and censor what they want.
In addition to all of this, the infamous Malala Yousafzai has now joined the Joyland team as an executive producer. For those who don’t know, executive producers are responsible for dealing with the legal, financial and marketing aspects of a project. Yes, this Western puppet who pushes for feminism in order to eradicate family values from Muslim societies is responsible for this movie’s financing. The amount of Fitnah this person has generated among young Muslim women by blindly leading them into the pit of toxic feminism is unreal. I highly urge reading this article by Muslim Skeptic in order to get an idea of the extent of the damage that she has done. So, when someone like this finances a filthy movie like Joyland, it should be very clear that the agenda is to turn Muslims into liberals that will eventually leave Islam altogether; and to spread Fitnah and corruption among Muslims. This movie is exactly what Malala denies it being: activism posing as art.
It’s also worth mentioning that it seems to be too much of a coincidence that this movie comes out just a short while after the Transgender Bill in Pakistan suffered well-deserved backlash from Muslims after being brought into the public eye. Feminism was already being heavily pushed in Pakistan, but now the wealthy elites hiding behind the scenes seem to have a particular obsession with pushing transgenderism and homosexuality. It makes sense, as both feminism and homosexuality go hand in hand. Both are meant to make men more feminine and women more masculine, with the ultimate goal being the breaking down of the family unit so both can be controlled more easily.
This brings me to the next point, which is the backlash. And Alhamdulillah, once again, many Muslims both within and outside of Pakistan showed that their Fitrah and their desire to defend Islam is alive and well. They took Twitter by storm with the hashtag #BanJoyland, rightfully admonishing the movie and its makers; and sharing verses and reminders of the punishment that was sent on Qawm Lut, warning of the consequences that Pakistan might face if this movie is released. And this outrage wasn’t just confined to Twitter. Many complaints were sent directly to Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC):
“A surge of applications and petitions were received [against Joyland],” Aurangzeb said. “When petitions are received, it is binding to review them,” she added.
“To my surprise, I was told by the censor board that they were [applications] received from middle-class people and parents,” the minister said.
And as a result, the movie was banned from screening. The Information Ministry of Pakistan declared it to be “repugnant to the norms of decency and morality,” and it was ruled as uncertified for screening in cinemas. But, as usual, the vocal liberal minority erupted and took to screeching about it on Twitter, now with the hashtag #ReleaseJoyland. If they were alone in this, the matter would’ve been settled, but they had the backing of not only mainstream media but the government of Pakistan itself. Articles by popular Pakistani mainstream media such as Dawn and Tribune have published articles vehemently defending Joyland, writing sob stories about how sad it is that all this so-called art is being suppressed. Oh my god, homosexuality won’t be aired in theaters and we can’t glue the eyes of Muslims to the screen and feed them this filth—I mean, art—how very SAD! The filmmakers behind Joyland will certainly gobble all of this up and play the victims.
Here’s a tweet from a journalist who attempts to use the intentional confusion inserted into the trans bill, where intersex and transgenders are defined under the same umbrella, to defend the movie:
This confusion has been one of the two main arguments utilized by liberals in their attempts to defend this movie. It seems like they just pick up whatever arguments the mainstream media is making, without actually thinking for themselves. Intersex people are those who are born with ambiguous sexual genitals and characteristics, but can still be classified as being one specific gender. It’s common knowledge that people who are born intersex are extremely rare because the genetic mutations that lead to such conditions are extremely rare. Their sex is officially assigned very early on depending on a number of factors. The majority of the Khwaja sira community consists of transgenders, i.e., men pretending to be women that are simply imitating women. This is something that the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) has cursed.
’Abdullah ibn ’Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates:
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ cursed the women who imitate men and the men who imitate women. (Jami’ al-Tirmidhi)
As for their other main argument that they’re flaunting about, it is the same as when the Trans Bill controversy arose. They say that since a transgender woman is not a man, for a transgender woman to have a relationship with a man is not homosexuality. To those select few who actually believe this, I suggest reading any elementary level biology textbook; an actual book of Islamic law; and maybe try making use of this great thing called common sense. This is not even a point worth refuting, but I mention it here only to demonstrate the blind absurdity that some of these liberals are submerged in.
Here’s another tweet. This one is from the Human Rights Comission of Pakistan (HRCP), calling the Pakistani government “rabidly transphobic” for banning Joyland:
In fact, even the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, couldn’t sit still at the thought of all the oppression and hate these ‘artists’ were facing for their supposed ‘art’:
Pakistan’s prime minister has ordered a review of the ban on the country’s Oscar entry, the movie Joyland, days after the measure was imposed, one of his advisers said.
Here’s the tweet where this adviser, by the name of Salman Sufi, revealed this information:
I’m astounded as to how amidst all the flooding and displaced homes that have taken countless lives in Pakistan; amongst all the corruption and increasing crime; poverty; inflation; and rapidly declining value of the Pakistani rupee, its government makes sure to divert their time and resources towards what according to them is apparently the REAL problem, i.e., preventing the suppression of art. To all the liberals reading this, ask yourselves, why does the government care so much about releasing this film in their country? Who is controlling them? Is the agenda still not obvious enough?
As a result of the government’s intervention, and despite all the strong opposition to it, it was re-reviewed by the censor board committee and surprisingly enough, the ban against Joyland was lifted. However, the backlash still continued, and many authorities who aren’t having their strings pulled, still realize just how wrong it is for this movie to be aired. Thus the movie was once again banned by the Punjab government, and a petition seeking the banning of the film has also been filed by the Peshawar High Court (PHC). The situation remains in this shaky back-and-forth state, but it is quite clear that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Pakistan have completely denounced this filthy, degenerate film and want absolutely nothing to do with it.
With information technology rapidly progressing and with these powerful groups finding newer ways to attack Islam, it is reassuring to see many young Muslims waking up to the dangers surrounding them and strongly opposing it, because it’s the Muslim youth today that are going to be role models for Muslims of the next generation. Whether it be the Aurat March, the Domestic Violence Bill, the Transgender Bill, or Joyland, Allah will expose all of their plots, and with Allah’s permission, the Muslims will remain vigilant, in sha Allah.
Please comment on the following scenario:
There is a certain Muslim woman in Durban that hosts fitness classes for females. She does this in group sessions and also one on one. She does female ‘ group sessions as well as male group sessions.
She also sometimes has events that she plans as a reward for her clients after her fitness challenges which are like monthly or time frame differs.
At the latest event which was called ‘ Met Gala’ which was a ladies event in which the ladies dressed up, there was music and scantily clad dancing women, all of which was proudly shown and advertised on social media.
Many women from the community attend these sessions and events. These sins which I feel are contributing towards the difficult conditions pravailing in our city of Durban…. i.e. crime, water disruptions, electricity, lack of instructure, lack of good leadership etc., etc the list goes on.
My concern is that if we don’t speak out against these, our condition will deteriote even further whereas we should have been wiser after covid and the riots. It seems we are continuing with sins with a bang and without any care.
What consequences do women face for attending such gatherings?
I would like an awareness to be made of this in our community as many women attend and everything is just quietly accepted and swept under the carpet.
OUR COMMENT – THE SHARIAH’S COMMENT
Women who attend these haraam, satanic, immoral sessions of zina are either kuffaar of the munaafiq category, or atheists or lesbians or prostitutes. Therefore, no amount of naseehat will ever benefit them. They do not believe that the immoral shaitaaniyat which the immoral prostitute teacher imparts to them is evil. Such men and women have no concern for halaal and haraam since they are not Muslims.
If there are any Muslims who participate in these obscene and filthy zina sessions, their Imaan dangles on a thread, ready for extinction. These lewd zaaniyah women are in fulfilment of the prediction of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) regarding the Signs of Qiyaamah. Mention is made in the Hadith about the prevalence of lesbianism and homosexuality in the era in proximity to Qiyaamah. The woman who teaches these zina acts is one such sign. She is Iblees incarnate who puts to shame female jinn of the shaitaani species.
When Imaani haya is jettisoned from the heart of a female, then the avenues of immorality are thrown widely open. It is for this reason that in this satanic era of fitnah and fasaad women masquerading as ‘Muslims’ prowl around to lure and misguide other stupid women with their satanic therapies and garbage psychology stunts and deception.
Commenting on obscenities and satanism really benefits no one. There are only two classes of people: Muslims and kuffaar. All true Muslims are aware and fully understand the evil, filth and immorality of the haraam zina activities taught by the prostitutes fielded by Iblees. No true Muslim is plagued by doubts regarding the hurmat and filth of the kind explained above. As far as kuffaar masquerading as Muslims are concerned, our comments will not benefit. For them everything is valid and meritorious. Hence the only reason for commenting is to discharge the obligation of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar.
In the final analysis hidaayat (Guidance) is the prerogative of Allah Azza Wa Jal. He guides whomever He wills, and He leaves to stray whomever He wills.”
26 Rabiuth Thaani 1444 – 21 November 2022
“This is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” Rafiq Khan stated. “And you are playing in shorts. Please tell me, is it not possible to play in leggings, and if you can play in that, what is the problem?”
This single question prompted an outburst of criticism on mainstream media channels and went as far as abuse being hurled at the journalist on social media.
News articles derided the question as “regressing “, “irrelevant”, “humiliating” and even “disturbing”.
Whilst on Twitter, Pakistani celebrities heaped on the outrage. Squash player, Noorena Shams, asked if Khan had “ever bothered to ask when money is stolen?”. TV host, Anoushey Ashraf, blasted the question as “cringe worthy” whilst referencing the Quran that “there is no compulsion in religion”.
Other comments called for Khan to be sacked and banned from reporting.
It is noteworthy that those hurling harsh criticism seem to overlook the double-standards of their stance. They call for women to be given the “freedom” to wear whatever they like, but at the same time, they attempt to take away the freedom for others to even question it.
Whereas the Islamic position implies the reverse: it is not permitted for men or women to expose such parts of their bodies (‘awrah), and we are all commanded to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. There ought to be more journalists like Rafiq Khan, who have the courage to speak out about un-Islamic practises being adopted and normalised in Muslim lands.
It is also remarkable how the unfortunate decline of Islamic norms—including dress codes—in Muslim lands such as Pakistan have occurred so rapidly. Only a single generation ago, such revealing outfits would be regarded as “embarrassing”, “regressing” and “disturbing”. Now, only a few years later, the very same clothing has been embraced to such an extent that these very words are being used for merely questioning it.
Coach Adeel Rizki’s response tells its own story.
Definitely, we understand that we are an Islamic nation, and our values are very strong,” he acknowledged. “But it is imperative to be progressive in sports.”
This remark suggests that Muslim women exposing their legs is progressive. Does that imply covering legs is regressive? This mindset is arguably more troubling than the issue itself. These comments are even more nonsensical when we consider that other players such as those from the Maldives women football team adopt a full body kit and manage to compete at an international level.
Progress ≠ Imitating Westerners
In Surah Nur, Allah (swt) says:
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the female slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.”
To frame this debate as an argument on progression, completely disregards the problem that is being brought up. When did subverting Islam, and Allah’s command equate to being progressive? Modesty is not a question of being free it’s a question of being committed to one’s values. Both men and women have awrah that they must cover themselves according to Allah’s command, to safeguard us all from the absolute chaos that has become of lands and societies that lack such values.
tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do.”
It is not about restricting one’s rights, or specifically women’s rights, it is about following the guidelines given to us so we can stay upon the right path and so we can protect ourselves from sin. Both men and women have restrictions, believing that subverting them is a sign of ‘progression’ is nothing more than falling into the deception of the shayātīn.
Verily, every way of life has a character, and the character of Islam is modesty.”
We should take pride in following Islam; we should not see Allah’s commands as burdens but as wisdom that is there to protect us. Dressing in a manner outside of what has been declared halal may seem appealing, but it is nothing more than a dangerous desire. This life is a test, and it is easy to be distracted and forget, but we must try our hardest to remind ourselves of why we are here and what our purpose is. And in those moments of weakness, we should turn to Allah and ask for forgiveness and guidance, for Allah says in Surah al-Zumar:
My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” 
 Musnad Ahmad
BY MUFTI MOHAMMED DESAI DB
I would like to find out if we are allowed to listen to talks by Yasmin Mogahed or read her books?
We don’t have much information pertaining to Yasmin Mogahed of Almaghrib Institute. However, it is quite clear from her profile that she is a modernist female who doesn’t don the Purdah, appears on You-Tube channels, and travels around the world to deliver ‘motivational lectures’ at various venues. We understand that both males are females are her audience and listen to her lectures. The above profile is sufficient to prove that she doesn’t adhere to the Shariah and, in fact, openly violates the laws of Allah and His messenger Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Sinning causes the heart to be blackened, and consequently the flowery and motivational words of the speaker will bear no effect whatsoever. Yes, the simple-minded audience will outwardly praise her lectures, but its effect will drive them away from Deen, instead of it bringing them closer to their Creator. She is continuously under the curse of Allah Ta’ala due to openly displaying herself in public, and over the internet.
Imaam Raaghib Isfahaani Rahimahullah has written in Mufradatul Quraan that, the curse of Allah actually means that one is distant from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. When a person is distant from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala, they cannot be saved from the evil of the Nafs. It is only the one who is enjoying the mercy of Allah Ta’ala that will be protected from the evil of the Nafs.
When Yasmin Mogahed is deprived of the mercy of Allah Ta’ala and is spirituality dead, then how will she guide others towards Allah Ta’ala. She is, in actual fact, treading the path of misguidance and taking others in the same direction. She is just another agent of Shaytaan who is attracting the masses towards herself with her flowery words, which are actually, thorns.
When Shaytaan planned to drive Adam Alaihis Salaam out of Jannah, he attained his objective and goal by influencing Hadrat Hawa Alaihas Salaam. Similarly, on another occasion, Shaytaan passed by Ayub Alaihis Salaam (when he was inflicted with his lengthy illness) in the form of a physician. The wife of Ayub Alaihis Salaam requested him to treat her husband, to which Shaytaan replied, “I shall treat him without charging you for the treatment and medicines. However, when he is cured, I want you to say that I cured him.” She agreed to do so. When she mentioned this to Ayub Alaihis Salaam, he became angry because, accepting the condition of treatment entailed uttering words of Shirk since Allah Ta’ala is the only One Who can cure. Again, Shaytaan influenced the woman. The great Abid of the Bani Israeel whose Duas would be readily accepted in the court of Allah Ta’ala, Bal’am Bin Ba’oora, was also influenced by his wife to accept the gifts or rather bribes presented to him by the Amaaliqah people and in turn, curse Moosa Alaihis Salaam and his army. He fell prey to their request on the insistence of his wife and made Dua against the Nabi of Allah. Consequently, he was also misguided and lost all the treasures of Deen which he was blessed with, which included the ‘Ism-Aa’zam.’
Therefore, we shouldn’t be deceived by this agent of Shaytaan. The Hadith Sharif warns us, “Fear Dunya and fear (the Fitnah of) women, for verily the first Fitna of the Bani Israeel was of women.” [Muslim]
In conclusion, her programmes should not be attended, nor should she be entertained by any institute or organization, nor should one read any of her books. There is ample, authentic literature available, which have been written by our righteous and pious Ulama, which can be studied to reform our lives.
ALLAH TA’ALA KNOWS BEST!
Mufti Mohammed Desai
Date: 15 Muharram 1444 / 14 August 2022
GRAND MUFTI GOOGLE (???)
While ‘Google’, the American multinational web search engine specialising in Internet-related services and products, celebrated its 17th anniversary recently, let us examine how it has affected our daily lives.
We have to admit that it has made a tremendous impact on our daily lives. For every problem that we encounter, be it an economical, social or health related one, for any reference that we want to make, every time we want to access the international news media for current news or go to the social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc or to open the video-sharing website like YouTube – and for umpteen other reasons – the first button our forefinger clicks is that of ‘Google’! It is the most-used search engine handling more than three billion searches each day! So much so that someone once posed this question: “Will historians look back at the pre-Google era as the Dark Ages of knowledge dissemination?”
Our attachment to Google is so much that we can safely say some of us are, in one way or the other, totally GOOGLISED! Remove ‘Google’ even for a day from our daily life and we would feel we are missing ‘someone’ very dear and very near.
There are negative upshots too! According to a recent study Google is having a damaging effect on our brain! The access to data anytime, anywhere, through Google, is taking a toll on human memory, ultimately altering the way the brain functions. With so much information available, there is less need to remember everything. The result – the Internet becomes an external memory for humans and the storage ability of the brain, which is undoubtedly one the most amazing bounties Allāh has endowed us with, is weakening as everything that we want to remember is literally at our fingertips and not stored in our brains!
However, the more disturbing part for us as Muslims is that Google can also be a means of displeasing Allāh Azzā wa Jal if not cautiously used. It has some ‘slippery avenues’ that can easily lead us into committing harām acts.
There are some websites that are not worthy of viewing, especially because of the images and other contents that they contain.
Then there is YouTube that has an endless number of videos that are almost pornographic and they can easily lead people into getting addicted to the porn stuff. YouTube does have its own set of Community Guidelines that prohibit people from posting things like sex, nudity, hate speech etc. but it is almost impossible to ensure that these guidelines are followed. When there are more than 100 hours of videos being uploaded every minute, some user-created porn videos are bound to creep in.
The major risk, however, is in the social networks. A recent study has revealed that women outnumber men when it comes to using the social networks. For instance, on Facebook, in the 18-24 age group, 63% of the users are women while 37% are men (Source: Rapleaf).
Our Muslim sisters remain shoulder to shoulder with the non-Muslim women in this matter. Unfortunately they do not realise the perils of these social networking sites. The photographs (including their profile pictures and at times even their selfies) and other information like their hobbies and interests and other personal facts they post on these websites can easily be misused (or even abused) by some evil-minded and ill-intentioned online predators.
When we are all aware that no other religion in the entire human history has accorded the status and the dignity that Islām has accorded to a woman then why should our sisters imitate the non-Muslim women and candidly display their pictures on these websites so that the ghair-mahram men can view them, with evil-intentions? Hayā (modesty) is one of the branches of Imān and in this respect our Muslim sisters should be the role models for the women of the entire world to emulate and not vice-versa.
This does not apply to our women alone. The rules of the Islamic concept of Hayā apply to both the genders – male as well as female – and as such even the Muslim men should not post their pictures and other information on these websites. These frivolous acts are all western oriented and we Muslims should distance ourselves from them. Also, we should dictate our terms when using these social networks (and also WhatsApp) rather than becoming their slaves!
Since Smartphones are easily available, WhatsApp has reached every nook and corner of the world. If not used to spread decency and righteousness, WhatsApp can become a major source of Fitnāh. There are so many undesirable messages circulating among Muslim men and women through this modern technology and they can easily put our Imān at risk. Besides being a means of circulating gossip, gheebāh (backbiting), unfounded allegations, objectionable images, shirk (polytheism) – the list is endless – it is also a means of interacting with ghair-mahram (men or women) and also of wasting our time. Every minute of the Muslim Ummāh is valuable and if it is not utilised as per the commands of Allāh Subhānāhu wa Ta’ālā and the Sunnāh of His Nabi (Sall-Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) it will become the means of us being denied Jannāh.
At times people get so carried away by these social networks that they start ignoring their responsibilities. A recent example is really disturbing. A UK woman, Claire Barnett, was jailed for five years for child cruelty. Her crime? Her two-year-old son Joshua Barnette drowned while she was in her lounge with her mobile phone chatting on Facebook.
Our children are also not safe from the sexual predators that are roaming all over the web to hunt for the gullible users of these social networks. Children should not be allowed access to these networks.
We have to admit some of us depend too much on Google for searching on Fiqh (Islāmic Jurisprudence) related matters. It is fine to search matters concerning the religion of Islām in Google but we have got to be vigilant. Most of us are not Ulamā (Islāmic Scholars) and as such depending solely on Google for Islāmic Fiqh and Shariāh based matters can easily lead us astray. No doubt internet has a tremendous amount of material on Islām but the issue is we do not know how much of it is bona fide or reliable. What we get in the internet is information only, it could be haqq (the truth) or it could be bātil (falsehood)! While there are many people trying to spread haqq through internet, there are even more people who are spreading bātil, knowingly or unknowingly. We all know Islām’s enemies are numerous and widespread and most of them have the aim of misleading Muslims. Large numbers of so-called Islāmic sites have been created by these enemies. So what means do we have to safeguard ourselves from these corrupt or shady sites?
Some of our brothers and sisters jokingly address Google as ‘Sheikh Google’. Quite a few of us have gone to the extent of considering Google as ‘Mufti Google’ while others have gone a step further and have conferred upon it the title of ‘Grand Mufti Google!’, nauzubillāhi.
The most distressing thing, however, is that a large number of Muslims nowadays have given Google the status of ‘Imām Google’, nauzubillāhi. They rely more on Google than any one of the Imāms of the four Madhāhib of Islām.
Subsequent to our frequent searches we may acquire some religious knowledge. As a result some of our brothers start judging themselves as Islāmic scholars. A few of them even go to the extent of issuing Fatwās on religious as well as worldly issues.
As stated earlier, what we get in the internet is information only, it is neither very reliable (unless authenticated by genuine Ālims) and nor does it contain the Noor and the blessings that the real, genuine Deeni ‘Ilm contains. The authentic Islamic knowledge can never be obtained by means of the PCs, Laptops or Tablets in the comforts of living rooms and nor can it come through our Smartphones, iPads, or ipods. Real Deeni ‘Ilm, the inheritance of the Anbiyā ‘alayhimus Salām (Prophets), is acquired as a result of going to the Deeni institutions, humbling ourselves and toiling there with all the required discipline.
Let us all pray to Allāh Rabbul ‘Izzat to save us from using Google in a way that would invoke His wrath…Āmeen!
According to the latest reports Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister has engaged in talks with representatives of YouTube and Google with a view to censoring videos coming out of the region. So this is how biased Google is against Muslims in spite of the fact that it is the most popular search machine amongst Muslims.
… and Allāh Ta’ālā Knows Best.
a majlis article from december 1, 2015