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Eating With the Family When They Are Watching the Television


The Ruling on Eating With the Family When They Are Watching the Television 


Shaikh Zayd al-Madkhali رحمه الله

Questioner: The female questioner from Morocco says: my family watches television and I am forced to sit with them when eating. I am not able to detest it except with my heart. Is there any sin on me?

Answer: “In any case, Allah says:

فَاتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ
So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can
[64:16]

Not everything that is displayed on the television is considered unlawful. What is displayed of benefit, like admonishments and lectures. As for that which there is no good in it, then it is a must upon men and women, both to avoid it. Like the emergence of men and the emergence of women in beautiful clothing and music and the likes of unlawful things for both men and women. So nothing is taken from the television except that which is beneficial in a persons religion or worldly life”

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