Role of the Media in Shaping Opinion
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Mufti Menk – Role of the Media in Shaping Opinion – Recorded – 6th December 2012
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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we commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we asked a lot of times
Allah bless him, his entire household, all his companions. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, to grant him witness. And at the same time, we asked him to bless every single one of us and to grant us all every form of goodness, and to protect us and our offspring from the difficulties of this particular age. And from the negative environment, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to open our doors, I mean,
Allah we seek protection from knowledge that will not be beneficial. And we asked you to benefit us from the knowledge that you have granted us. And we seek protection from eyes that will not cry for your sake from a stomach that will never be food from knowledge that will not be made use of and from a prayer that is made to you, that is not answered. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us all once again, beloved brothers and sisters. Indeed, it brings a smile upon the face to be again in this particular beautiful city of Colombo. And this evening, the topic I was given to speak about is a topic of relevance, and the utmost importance,
the media, and the role of the media, in shaping public opinion. I don't like the term public opinion. But what can we do?
The reality is, if you were to ask a journalist, he would tell you that we control the world. And I think to a certain extent, he would not be lying.
What is more dangerous
today, than one person losing his or her life is when a whole generations brains have been wiped out completely, to the degree that they feel what is right is wrong. And what is wrong is right. And they are about it. Because over time, the media has made it seem that so Panama,
where people will fight polygamy, but they will look at gay marriages as a human rights law.
We have people who will fight that which is absolutely acceptable. And they will acknowledge that which is unacceptable as being acceptable and this is a sign of the hour, that was predicted by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the right will be considered wrong and the wrong will be considered right, the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent.
Many times the media
has been guilty of riling up or inciting masses to engage in some form of misdeed or misbehavior. And that is just because of the power of the tool. And sometimes and I have spoken to some journalists, they enjoy doing that low they enjoy it. And this is why the media generally is controlled by particular groups of people who are very happy to not take part in it, are excited about that. In fact, it makes their job very easy. And this is why we need to be careful today if you look at the media houses, or should I say the news banks that you have across the globe.
Not more than one or two would belong to the Muslims and even that would be a 10th grade news room or news house. Besides perhaps one or two, the rest of it controlled by people who want to govern, he gets to your ears
and what exactly you would see and I would I recall in a certain country.
A very, very so called refutable News house if I can read it that way.
wanted to create a story of poverty.
And in order to do that, you know everyone says Seeing is believing so you need to show them a picture to see is to believe that's what we were taught. Moments ago I tweeted seeing seeing is no longer believing. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection because it can be edited or produced or stage managed. Just like what I'm about to tell you now. So this man who was a professional journalist decided to take a wealth of pounds. She British Sterling pounds. I think I'm giving
Where he was from.
So having taken a wealth of pounds, in full view of the public, and thrown it into a bin that was in the center of the city.
So people rushed towards the bill, dropping suits with eggs, and those on the streets, the poor and the rich because of those pounds, even if a man is quite wealthy, and he's nearby, he might think, let me pick this up, perhaps he might be feeling a little bit charitable to say if I pick it up, I might want to give it to someone that's shallow. You know, they say good news, good intention.
good intention all the time. So as the people have come forth, and they began to dig the bill, for a lot of notes that was thrown into it, the journalist was busy videoing the whole thing, saying there is so much feminine, that those in suits and ties are also thinking. And then we want to say see is BB. So the brains of a lot of people who witness that are completely washed, they will debate and argue with you till they go green, that what we have seen is correct, that is feminine. And we saw with our own eyes that people are different. And if they have known what exactly transpired, they will realize they have been totally brainwashed
people that don't movies look so real.
And watch your movie, not to say I'm encouraging anyone to
have seen a clip or to watch a movie or to not look at me like you haven't.
Everyone's giving me a dirty look like I'm the only guy here.
It looks so real that people begin to cry when the blood is not actually blood. It's a little bit of ketchup.
And people begin to cry when someone who's not dead in real life dies behind the screen and they were paid 20,000 for that. And the muslimeen are busy with rolling down there. So if that looks so real that can actually change are the conditional hearts? Do you really think that the enemy would not use such a tool to brainwash us where it is.
And for this reason, Today, I would like to show you how
the media is being used today to portray what not only the journalists, but the rich and wealthy or those who have the clouds, or those who are behind the scenes would like to portray in a way that we are mere figures, like goats and sheep following the rest of the flock. And this is why I always say, if you study the enemies of Islam, they have looked and studied very carefully with the actions of an action more than the action itself.
So what they will do is
they will think of how best to portray Muslims as hooligans. What is the best way to incite them through something.
So they will create a cartoon or movie that is blasphemous for it, such as the nerve amongst the Muslims, not in order to bless him the Muslims, that was not the intention. The intention is something bigger than that. The intention is to weigh the weak Muslims and to eradicate the fought within those who want to pretend to Islam to turn to Islam by portraying an image portraying an image to the world that the Muslims have the biggest hooligan. So what happens is, they then create a cartoon and sit back knowing that they studied very carefully the reaction of that action of this.
And by studying the action of that action, they set back to be depressed exactly as they controlled us to do. When I say brothers and sisters do not react in a typical way. If the cartoons came out, and we did not become hooligans that result. Those who initiated the cartoons would be so angry and so upset that what they wanted to prove, they were unable to prove because we were not caught in the clutch or in their own clutch. We understood the move. The problem is, they trained us how to react so many times by the movies that we watched already in the news that we've seen, by the 1000s of demonstrations that we witness across the globe for anything and everything. And the worst
demonstrations ever of those were people remove their clothes in order to express their support for the polar bears in the North Pole, Allahu Akbar.
They say you should not be using that particular skill. So we are going to bear
Everything so that you can realize and understand that this is a bad thing, luck about what they have done is even worse.
So this is why when we watch the people, and when we've been educated by the same system to react in a specific way, someone gives you a smack you get up and give them another smack. That's how we were taught. And we are trained, and we receive a PhD in that. And thereafter, all they have to do is release that match. And we do the rest because we've been trained so
that now they sit back and they want to test us the final exam is to see I've trained you 1000 times. Now the main one is coming. How do you react and guess what, we react exactly as they want us to react just like goats following the rest of the flock. Have you ever watched sheep or goats. When one goes in the rest of them follow love Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us like animals. This is why in Islam, if someone gives you a slap on your face, we are not taught to give them the other cheek, we are taught to sink.
What is the best reaction to this in a way that we can resolve the matter and perhaps serve a lesson to the one who has done this. And sometimes if we are totally unable, we might have to resort to something minor.
Sometimes we might have to raise our hands and just pray to the Almighty and sometimes we will be able to give a slap back depending on the mind and power we have. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors.
So it's very important for us to know how the media operates.
And at the same time, we need to realize that the tools used are so many from the billboards that we see in the city of Colombo. And as I was coming through every restaurant, once a board or an advert to prove that its food is the best. Every perfume wants to advertise in a way that it smells the best. And every advert is put up in a way that whatever they are, advertising is better than the others. It is all about catching your eye. So the media, this entire game is all about mind control, drawing attention, informing people and getting them where you want them. That's what it is. Because you and I know that education is very important.
And people who create the syllabus are actually in control. Have you ever thought of that? a syllabus is made. And today I was speaking to someone and I asked him a question.
What came first doctors or universities, they told me doctors I said, So then why are the universities there, because someone wanted to create a syllabus, and to teach the doctors in a specific way, perhaps a lot of good with all due respect to doctors in any other field. But who knows within the syllabus, there may be
elements of contamination of the brain and the mind in a way that you will never know. And we become people who may lose faith. Sometimes depending on where you studied, what syllabus you have. Even if you have holding a PhD, sometimes your common sense might have been stripped as a result. And sometimes your religion can go as a result. So we need to be careful, we take what is acceptable. And we need to know enough about our religion, that we can hold back that which is not acceptable.
This is if we know the game. The problem is we don't so today. Life is all about the latest mobile phone every time I've come to Colombo I've spoken about them. So halala and life is about the latest motor vehicle and the latest since and the clothing How does it work? They need to create a few movies they need to perhaps with Bollywood or Hollywood or Hollywood or Bollywood whatever else is there today. They need to ensure that those big heroes and actors who just look good and perhaps can speak well and act well. They need to be dressed in a specific way the world wants it Have you noticed that you have brands of perfume and clothing and handbags and soaps and cosmetics with the
names of the same heroes and heroines of the movies. Maybe they gain the expertise in perfumes and things and soaps. When they were only people who acted on television. It is because our minds and our brains have lifted them so high up by
Merely watching them on a daily basis. And don't tell me you don't have a TV as your home. Allah protect us. Perhaps we might have a handful of people who don't like myself at hamdulillah. But I'm sure the bulk of us even on our mobile phones, we busy on YouTube and on this and and that, let's hope we whatever we are using is within the limits of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
If you take a look at statistics, in 1986, the world had 4.6 billion inhabitants, not a single mobile phone.
In 1986, the world had 4.6 billion inhabitants, not a single mobile phone. In 2012, the world has seven and a half billion people and 6 billion mobile subscribers. How do you like that?
6 billion mobile subscribers might be duplicated. Do you know that people
are more subscribers to mobile networks than those who have electricity at home? Did you know that? This is why in my country, if you go to the rural areas, you will find people charging their mobile phones with car batteries. And with solar panels, because the mobile phone is something that needs to get to everyone.
The system of bulk SMS is still operational within some circles. But nowadays, you have a tweet that can reach a million people. You have a message on Facebook that reaches 22 million people without a joke.
What I'm saying is very serious. If you want people to know something you tweet,
and I wonder why they call it Twitter, Allahu Akbar, Allah protect us from becoming too it's in the process.
My brothers and sisters, it is a serious matter. We are being bombarded by everything but Islam.
We are being bombarded by pornography to the degree that I read statistics that I have mentioned in previous lectures, that the Muslim nations are the highest in terms of viewership of pornography. Have you known that because it is bombarded it is targeted at the Muslims. We are perhaps one of the few religions that take our religion seriously. And we have teachings that are very, very grand, very high, very clean and lofty. If you were to follow them correctly, you would automatically be a leader in your own right.
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and may He make us understand and realize so with so many mobile phones, and with so much, how much Islam do we have? I was saying earlier today that for Juma Salah, the bulk of us arrive late, we have five minutes of the 20 minute talk, which now we misunderstood because the last five minutes, were connected to the first 15 minutes and thereafter we leave with a misunderstanding. And the first thing that happens is we go on to the neck if we are still from amongst those who want to find out. And then we don't realize that the genuine sites are very few. And what we get is actually brainwashing and the snatching away of our Deen. There are so many
websites which are run by non Muslims in the name of Islam.
And we don't even know. And sometimes we may never know, it's very difficult. They want to know us into questioning the marriages of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They want to know us into questioning women's rights yet. The women who have abandoned the Islamic teachings are the ones who are the most depressed in this world.
The suicide rates are the highest in the United States of America. And the entry into Islam is highest in the category between 30 and 45 years of age within Western females who are highly educated. Have you known that? Why would they be leaving the comfort of all the freedoms that they have been offered and made to believe because they've lived that? They've tried it? they've experienced it, they realize that we are getting nowhere and the only way is for us to go back to the role we were created for and that is the mission that Islam has placed them upon. And Islam does not oppress a woman at all. In fact, if anything, it grants a woman utmost dignity and respect. May
Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us goodness
Today we take a look at the print media, the newspapers, for example, they carry stories, the story is invented or created or sometimes edited or published by the word we can obviously select a journalists. And at times, journalism
will confirm that a journalist does not have the right
to write the story because he needs to purchase it from a media house, such as perhaps AFP, or CNN, or perhaps BBC, and so on. And this is why in our own papers in the third world, and even in countries of the First World, you will find that after a piece of news at the bottom, they will have where they got it from. And a lot of the times, it is just from a media house both and whoever decided to write it in whatever way they wanted to write it, giving preference to whichever side of the story they wanted to give preference. They did it, we bought it, we published it, and we all bought the paper, we read it and accepted it. And we begin to hate our fellow Muslim Brothers based
on what one enemy of Islam has written, and it was purchased and printed, we bought it and we read it. Where is the verse of the Quran that says, verify the news that comes to you very well before you believe it?
lest you harm people in a way that you will regret later on law cover.
So today, because the journalist himself is not only a judge, or a lawyer, but he is the one who passed the sentence, and at the same time, he made the word believe who was guilty and was not. And the poor fellow has not yet had his court case, law.
This is what journalism is. And Mashallah we do have journalists who stand up ethics, they know what is right and wrong, and they will really promote what is correct. And today, we'd like to pay pretty close, I tell them we need more of you on the globe. Those who can say the truth but sometimes when you have uttered the truth, nobody buys your story, you don't have the platform to publish it.
This goodness from a very young age we have the magazine for the children we have magazines on the bookshelves in our stores for train motor vehicles telling you how to live you and your family I'm sure we've seen those names and telling you for example what type of home you should be having so now you're fighting at home because you Your eyes are not set on gentlemen but set on a little you know house here somewhere around which is supposed to be decorated in a specific way with V voice controlled kitchen
the voice controlled kitchen I'm sure we're all aware of it and I've spoken about it in the past where the kettles that are out today no longer you know press a button or a remote control you talk to it, you speak to it water the water starts you know it starts to pour into the kettle hot 90 degrees suddenly comes Mashallah so look at how everybody's looking at me. So however you want to get to inshallah, we can strike a deal now when we exit inshallah.
My brothers and sisters, it is a reality, the way this has been advertised the way it is portrayed. So we would like to live our lives according to the lives of those whose lives are a mess, the only thing good about them, according to them themselves is the fact that they can act. So it's a big act. So if you look at
a lot of the magazines, when they want to advertise a watch, and I won't say names of people, although I know quite a few of the names. They will have one of the actresses who has the watch, people look at her and they want to watch luck, but believe me, she won't even come in your dreams if you buy that watch. He thought of his
love of my brothers and sisters. If you look at them in their lives, and some of the magazines we have and some of the reality shows when they say reality show it's the topic on its own inshallah we'll spend a few minutes on that in a few moments. So when we read and we see we will want to wear like them or our women, and even the men would like to wear clothes according to what they have worn. And we want the scent according to what they have done. We cut our hair according to that and we would like to go
According to that, put our genes according to where they have put them Allahu Akbar, that is exactly monkey see, monkey do love Akbar. It is exactly what we're talking about. You see things and you do like a goat and the sheep. In fact, those are more honest and honorable lacava.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grandest goodness, that it's important for us to know we are being bombarded.
You do not need to have a designer name, just because it is the name of a person who perhaps might be somewhere on the globe a little bit popular know, some of the sins are far cheaper, and they smell better. Yes. So is it the smell you want? Or is it the name you want? If it is the name, you are enslaved, if it is the scent, then Subhana Allah, you are focused, which means you want a sense, you go for the sense.
Sometimes you might have certain cases where you have a brand name that you may be able to afford, that might be of a quality, which is far superior. And it is known that the quality is superior. You know, for example, you have air conditioning units, that might be Samsung. And I was told that there was a man known as Sam, and he used to sing before then he died. So now they said Sam Sung, which means past tense, Allah protectors. Obviously, there's just a tail. But if Sam was singing, well, then why not? We can buy it. Alhamdulillah? I mean, sorry. If
if the Samsung units work better than the other units, no problem. The thing is, are we enslaved by Sam? That's the question.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grundles goodness. And may He make us from those who realize and understand my brothers and sisters.
Moments ago, I spoke about the reality shows, so you have something known as Big Brother. And you have something known as you know, these reality shows, they get people together in a room and they discuss things or they make them live and they show the cameras. The The aim is to drop the social standing and purity morality of the masses who are still clean that game. And I challenge those who have come up with it. And I'm ready to face what I said.
The reason is, they will be engaging in intimacy, or should I say adultery? The whole world? And those are the people who the world votes for them to remain in the room, if you know what I'm saying. Because
follow your whims and fancies pleasure, please. That's the world we've got to right now. Do as you please. And what happens thereafter, the clothing they wear the cleavage shows to the degree that today, good women are showing the cleavage.
When I say good women I mean otherwise good character, good behavior, sometimes they could be reading a Salah or something over and read their Salah my sister, the cleavage is not to show the public just because some Jessica somewhere across the globe shows you know my system that is valuable. It's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala for you that he can take away at any time. And perhaps he may reduce the value of it if you go around displaying it everywhere, online. But what happens we find the clothing begins to change. You know the tight fitting clothing reduces the value of a woman reduces her to a sex object. The non Muslims are saying this and where are we?
We would like to wear tight fitting clothing. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us true liberation.
Take a look at who designed the tight fitting clothing boss is not a woman boss.
To be honest with you, it's a man in slave completely but because of the media. We watched the reality show we saw what this one did and what that one did. And we want to be exactly like that we voted for them. We sat in front of the screen more than we've ever sat with the Quran. We sat in front of the screen more than we've ever sat in any lecture. The lectures are boring. Why? Because chiffon comes in massages us and we start yawning in a little while. We feel the heat we want to go away we say no too hot too many people. And yet when it comes to a movie, that is a lie. It's a tale. We will stay awake up to three in the morning watching two to three movies and our wives.
Believe me, sometimes we might convince them to sit and watch with us. That's probably the happiest home today. May Allah protect us. Otherwise they are neglected. And completely the rights of the TV is not even the right it's a wrong actually of the TV is fulfilled more than the rights of our own wives and our children. Your child is crying for you. You cannot spend 10 minutes with your child but you are spending
hours, one throw to watch a movie that came from Bollywood, full of singing, and full of all sorts of immorality. And it becomes dirtier as time passes. Everybody will agree.
Of late, I met a few people whom I knew belonging to the Christian faith. And they told me that we've stopped listening to music. And I was shocked. We're like, this is something that needs to be made mention of why isn't it allowed? No. They said, what is going on today is not music, it is Satanism and devil worship. Do you know that all these pop stars of today,
this group of people was telling me that they are in fact, calling towards the Devil, and Satan, and worshipping your desires and fancies whims, and whatever you want. So that is why today soon, is very easily accessible. Wherever you are on the globe, the winner is the one who can stay away from it. And they are not calling you towards something that can be made acceptable. They are calling you towards changing your gender, aren't you fed up of being a female, but you know what? They are convincing you that you don't have to be that we can change it for you. That is what is happening. And I know people who have been through that process, and now they want to come back and say we
regret and we want to engage in tober May Allah subhanho wa Taala never let us see a day like that.
And they are calling people towards immorality and evil to the degree that those hooked on to these type of sites, or pornographic material would then lose their self respect. And they would call for something known as group adultery.
And this is happening in societies I'm sure even within this particular country,
and then we say no, the media, you know, it's not a powerful tool. It controls us totally. it chooses how we think because we choose how we interact with it.
And this is why they call people towards same sex marriages, and they call people towards so many other issues that they would consider absolutely normal. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us.
And this is why we say even if the non Muslims today, even the non Muslims have realized that music industry has actually called us towards Satanism, devil worship, and it's become so dirty and filthy. Even the lyrics are full of swear words, in morality, the decency is lost totally, if they are quitting it. What about us? We are supposed to be further away from it. May Allah grant us the replacement was the Quran.
And May He grant us the replacement with this sweet words of praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And this is why we say that it's very important for us to utilize whatever we have to spread the deep. Moments ago, I was speaking to a few friends.
And we spoke about how
today people say, for example,
that you see.
Why is it that you're making use of
these social networking platforms to spread the deen? It's not a matter of fact, you're not supposed to be doing it. My brother, my sister, I agree with you. It is not a madrasah.
But have you ever gone to see the statistics of how many Muslims are on there?
Have you ever seen the Muslim countries how many people are on there
and they refuse to come for Juma. They don't go to any madrasa. They don't have any dose of any form of spiritual words. Besides that, which comes on the social media, so we are left with no option but to get up and save them from that.
Just like if I were to tell you my brother, for you to touch a woman who is not related to you is haram. But if she is drowning in the ocean, for you
to go and save her is
compulsory and at that time you will not just touch her. You will hold her you will grip her you will bring her ties to you and swim ashore. And her husband will probably say Jazakallah here's
why it's fun. I see the youngster smiling waiting for the day. This girl is going to drown I'll be there.
Look at our Wi Fi. Mashallah.
So, the point being raised is sometimes there is something that might not be ideal, and it would not be permissible sometimes
If the situation was ideal, but when we are drowning, and there are very few people who actually know the extent of the drowning of the masses,
then we are sometimes faced with the better of the two evils. And we are forced to engage in something, like I said, if I were to ask you today, how many of you utilize social networking?
I think, if we would have to work the question the other way around, how many of you do not utilize social networking? We'll get very few hands up very few. One community I asked him, How many of you do not utilize social networking? Nobody put their hands up? Nobody? Which means? Well, then, how many of you arrive early for Joomla? And learn at least 15 minutes or two? An hour of your deen every week? And nobody's hands went up.
So now Where do you get your deen from, you are going to use your phone, you are going to use the media, you are going to sit in front of the television come what may I'd like to think perhaps more than 90% of the people see that here would probably have access to some of this or all of it, if not some. And you will be using the internet and the applications and so on, if there is nothing Islamic on it, because you are that is your source of education. So where do you get your religion from? Now? Who do you blame when the whole religion goes, you can just sit back if they will, the media, and everyone must give up their phones. And everybody must give up this and that. We tried saying
that in the past that give up this and give up that only to see that the number of televisions in the homes has multiplied more than 100 fold in the last 10 years. Look at how much money the same Sam, we were speaking about his made love about
Allah subhanho wa Taala grant His goodness, may he open our eyes. So if we are going to use everything, then it forces people like us to look further and to say, Okay, brother, we will not use it as a social networking tool, for example, or a television as in creating a movie and so on. And entertaining people just like that. But educating people solely for the pleasure of Allah to increase the image. And because that is the only outlet that they actually have made use of to this particular day or in this particular time. This is why we say the media, it has a powerful impact. So much so that today, if you go back and search Google, he is called share Google because people
ask him Islamic questions. And so many people have said, You know what? Well, if you're not gonna tell me, I'll just Google it. I'll just Google it. Google will law he is called Mufti, Google also.
They can issue the fatwa for you.
My brothers and sisters, it's a reality. And if you were to search what happened in some of the countries where turbulence occurred, and governments were changed, they will tell you it's through Twitter, and Facebook. That's what they will tell you social networking. If that is the power of the social networking in the media today, and if we have seen in front of our eyes, it has changed the minds of people or made me move motivated them giving them direction. If we are not going to give Islamic direction through the same media, we have lost the battle
with ourselves. And this is why I say it means the person to look 50 years ahead And remember,
may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. When people want to incite violence. They can do it very easily by bombarding us with little thoughts and little messages on a daily basis until we become so irritated that we actually are motivated to become violent. If that is the case, you should know you are heading onto the wrong path.
Because without us, every message must cool us down Calm you draw your link between you and your maker. Try and help others. Today we have calculated mischief across the globe to incite Muslims. It may be in this part of the globe as well calculated mischief to incite Muslims because the world is a global village at the moment. What is in the East gets to the west in less than a flesh.
Never be incited by that. Remember the non Muslims who sometimes hate us or hate us based on what they have been brainwashed about, not on reality. So they have been bombarded with little messages.
To save the Muslims, they cast spells on the animals they slaughter. So this is why we should be away from halaal and so on. If the same people were slightly educated, they would realize that World Health Organization standards are exactly the Hello standards, mela grasses, goodness,
they would realize so much, but because people sometimes are uneducated, or their emotions have been enslaved and colonized, imagine, have you ever heard of colonization of emotions? Your emotions are not controlled by you, sometimes controlled by your phone. This is why you read the message. You get angry, you read the message, you smile, you read the message, you laugh, you read the message you run, you read the message, you sit down, it's all to do with the phone. Your wife cannot do that anymore.
Please Me, and this is why if you enter a typical home of today's age, we speak about the media. Everyone is plugged in on the table. phones are beeping people are looking you cannot have a decent discussion with people anymore.
Why? Because you have to tweet them, you have to send them a message. And now we have a bigger problem.
Allah protect us Can I say it as it is?
Let's read it a little bit more respectfully. A man wants to use the loo. And it's tweeted across the globe, I'm running into the loo.
That's still a very respectful example, my brothers and sisters. So we've become so affected by the media. And by this social networking that will lie. Every movement of ours is known to the degree that instead of someone then reminding you brother into with your left foot and read the following. I don't think anyone's ever said that.
We would perhaps laugh at it. And we would tell them something here that we are doing.
Why? Because that's how we are trained. And this is what is going on on the globe and we don't realize it's in front of us. It controls us think about it carefully. You see an advert ask yourself, How do I look? I look just like the Gillette advert Allahu Akbar. Just like that. Now there's somebody called Sheikh apparently, it's with a big sheiks, you know. So it's called Sheikh that's also a stick that you shave with Allahu Akbar. And people are looking at the advert the monkey see,
monkey do lavabo notice I'm not pointing at myself, I'm pointing back at
my brothers and sisters, we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving us a beautiful deal. And we need to realize that across the globe, there are so many people who have
been making wrong use of the media.
They have been using it to sit and watch movies movies is one wrong but
multiplying it tenfold getting into pornography, we lose respect of the opposite sex we become dirty, our spouses find out our children. I know of cases, my brothers and sisters where children have discovered the misdeeds of their parents, and they cannot believe it to the degree that they have become suicidal. And you don't know. This is why Be careful. Watch even where you sin. If you are going to Allah safeguard us from doing that in the first place. But if you are going to drop, what were you doing, perhaps if your child who looked up to you for so many years, has now suddenly witnessed what dad has done or Mum, perhaps you may be destroyed completely. When you hear your
child has just committed suicide. Now law safeguard us and what we've tried to help not one, several people in that predicament they too shy or too timid to come out to their father, Dad, I actually know what you do. It was actually shown to me in front of my eyes because of x, y and Zed or Mum, I've seen what has happened, then I've caught you so many times do this one law in life is supposed to be pure, you will never ever get happiness and joy out of the impurities of life never happiness enjoy. True contentment comes by leading your life according to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah He tries test to see abstain from what is bad turn towards Allah subhanho wa Taala educate yourself more, learn to love one another. learn not to judge a book by its cover. Perhaps the person might be of greater benefit to you, then you may have been to anyone else it has happened.
And perhaps the message might come across to that person from you in a way that they may exceed you and excel in spirituality.
We have seen that happening with people who have taken a moment to me
Brace others who may not be looking so religious, and after a while, they have excelled those who invited them into the De La Hoya. It has happened. This is why we say every Muslim is potentially a better Muslim. And every non Muslim is potentially a Muslim.
My brothers and sisters,
we've spoken about the internet, we've spoken about the social networking, sites and applications and so on, believe me, if we do not utilize these in the correct way, and I invite I really I call upon the scholars of Islam, really, to make good use of the media because he who controls the media controls the world.
Believe me, He who controls the media, controls the world.
The war, as I said at the beginning,
is not about weapons of mass destruction.
It is actually the washing of the brain to the degree that we begin to believe things that really adjust a fast or sometimes a huge bubble. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding.
The verses I read at the beginning of this talk from amongst those verses was the verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala has expressed very clearly
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when a singer comes to you with news, and here they are to the series of this. One is when a person comes to you with news of someone else or something else, the mere fact that they have come to you with news about someone else, renders them sinful due to the sin of backbiting. So they are sinful. And they say it was brought forward because of expressing the greatness of that particular sin of going around talking about others. But when someone comes to you with news of another person, verify it and authenticated before you believe it, because you may harm someone through misinformation and regret later. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us why we say this? The media is full of stories
that make Muslims hate other Muslims, have you known that? So you have typically let me give you a typical example. If I were to tell you take names of a few countries, you say those people are sellouts. automatically. Why because a bigger sellout told you that this person was a sellout. And you read the story it your hatred of a nation, or your hatred of a specific type of people or a nationality. A lot of those times stems from what the real enemy has actually told you about them. So we you didn't verify the story and so on. Of late I read something written by a man known as Jeremy somebody
where he said that
the graves of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam Abu Bakr and Omar and Omar are going to be removed and the green dome is going to be destroyed and everything is going to happen. And you know what is very bad. And the Muslims made such a big noise about something that nobody on the ground knew anything about. But a man created the tail. How do you like that? He created the tail and made us from amongst those who actually promoted it. And we started saying things swearing and cursing people without even realizing that Do you know what? There was nothing like that on the cards ever? lockable. Did you know that? May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us? This is what I mean by saying
it shapes public opinion. It changed us we have an email comes to you before you press forward verified. If you are not prepared to verify it, do not forward it, leave it because you will not be part of the chain of people who have spread that which is unacceptable. And this is why we say that whatever comes to you in terms of an email, sometimes it is a big hoax. You know, I saw an image where they said the people have added to live you've seen that. That was completely and totally photos.
Shocked, it's been used for the last so many years, referring to so many different nations. If only you knew that there was a website called hoax dash slayer.com to slay the hoax, basically hoax fair, you would then be able to see that on that particular websites, they have made mention of so many of these hoaxes that come to us through emails, and yet we promote them.
This is the media, a person sends you today, a WhatsApp message before you verify it, it's already sent through the globe. And later on, we find Oh, it was a lie, you know, what's the biggest one. And this is the last Mashallah.
They tell you, if you don't send the following message via WhatsApp,
to 20 people who are activated users within the next day, then your account will be closed.
And we all send it, but who sent it to you? What's app has control over everything, if they want to send it to you, the message will say what app, it won't have your friends number on it, they are not so cheap, as to send you such an important message through here see through people. So of late It's been going on and you have your inbox fooled with so many 1000s of messages, each one trying to save his account. And you know, they say there is an error in the system and so on. This is just an example for those who might know what I'm talking about. Whereas to be honest with you, there was nothing like that on the ground. So I received a message a few days ago, saying that there will be
an aircraft flying above you in the next 15 minutes, you've got to stand with your right leg up and put your left your your your left hand up and waited in order for that WhatsApp account to be kept protected. If not, it's going to be deleted.
It has some more, you know, pepper and salt in it. But I won't make mention of that. But to be honest, it was a good laugh. The reason is, you know as soon as a Muslim reads it, sometimes we are the quickest to just forward forward to everyone why we as Muslims need to be those who authenticate the most. But we actually do it the least Have you thought of it. And when you get others sometimes they don't forward those type of messages. But because it's just our society and our community, they actually don't, most of them don't.
And I'd like to end off by making mention of something very serious. My brothers and sisters, as I said, there is a calculated plan
of re educating with
ignorance, the Muslim brain
by making it question things that it doesn't know where to find the answers for it's not used to going to the masjid or going to the llama, it doesn't have a link with this one and that one. So it will Google when it Googles, it will be led to the very sights of the people who have created the doubt in the mind to the degree that your deen begins to diminish. And that is happening. And we have seen people who have had so much diminishing, that we know it has come from the media. And this is why I say educate yourselves we have sometimes more time to socialize with a person we are not supposed to be in touch with, then we ever have for our own rub for the one who created us and who
made us and we haven't yet read the Quran. And if we read it, sometimes we haven't understood it thoroughly, because we didn't have the time to visit any of the whole ama and ask them and tell them this is what I read. I don't understand it, please explain it to me and go to someone else and a third person until we have a satisfactory answer.
The norms of society are changing very quickly. And what changes the norms of society today is the television and the internet. Did you know that what is considered abnormal today will become normal tomorrow because of the television and the internet. So if you are going to have those, make sure you use them correctly, that whatever you'd like to change in terms of your norm is never ever in contradiction to what Allah subhanho wa Taala has declared and dictated. May Allah open our doors. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant this goodness or sallallahu wasallam obala gala Vina Mohammed Subhana Allah Mohammed the use of panic alone will be handy. The Shadow Allah Allah
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