Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Harry Potter or Edward Cullens?

“To be, or not to be, that is the question”:- William Shakespeare

Have you ever wish that you had super powers when you were small? Powers that can make you invincible and popular amongst your friends. I remember the movie, ‘Sabrina, the teenage witch’, which was a story about a young girl who inherited knowledge of witchcraft and sorcery powers from her family. She could perform all kind of spells and potions, for all occasion. I thought it was absolutely fab!

Of course,  I was young then so I didn’t know any better. I just thought it was cool to have such abilities especially to get back at my so called enemies. Now that I am older and hopefully wise (ahem!), I realised that what I coveted for in the past is actually forbidden in Islam. It’s a big NO NO.

Now, we have stories like Harry Potter, Twillight and other ‘make-believe’ tales. These stories are called ‘make-believe’ because it is an untrue tale concocted by persons, with the intention to make people believe. For example, Harry Potter is a fictional story about a young orphaned boy who happens to be a wizard. He then goes to school of wizardry where he learns to conjure up spells and control his powers. In the real world, there is no such thing as inherited powers. Both witchcraft and sorcery are knowledge that was acquired by men since the olden days.

Movie like Harry Potter, which actually originated from a children’s book, as innocent as it seems, has the danger of influencing and misleading our kids into thinking witchcraft and sorcery is allowed, if we, as parents do not educate our children correctly. Black magic was originally taught by 2 angels, Harut and Marut.

“They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut.But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: "We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme."
Surah Al Baqarah 2:102

Twillight on the other hand is about a vampire i.e. living dead being, who fell in love with a human. The whole story is quite far-fetched, if you think about it actually but there are die-hard fans amongst the youngster and adult alike. They seemed to have fallen for the handsome vampire character named ‘Edward’. Edward and his family, is eternally dammed by God and is destined to abide in Hell. The producers had somewhat made selling your soul to the devil as romantic!

I don’t mean to be a party spoiler or wet blanket here but I am merely highlighting the facts. Some might argue that these stories are harmless but there is nothing harmless about being eternally dammed or ending up in Hell. As Muslim, we do believe in Hereafter, in fact, it is one of the pillars of eaman. Where we end up in Hereafter, whether it’s Paradise or Hell, very much boils down to how live our lives on earth. Just to recap, the pillars of eaman are…

            Belief in Allah;

Belief in the angels;

Belief in the revealed books;

Belief in the commissioned Messengers (peace be upon them).

Belief in the resurrection and the events of Qiyamah.

Belief in the predestination by Allah of all things, both the (seemingly) good and the (seemingly) bad.

We have to be very careful of these types of stories as it can easily influence our kids. Even as adults, some of us get taken in and fall prey to the deception hence, it is easier to mislead the children. Black magic, spells, potion or falling in love with the eternally dammed, is not exactly in line with Islam. There is nothing great or cool about dabbling in black magic. Believing in a power or person greater than God Al Mighty is shirk. There’s major shirk, which is clearly identifiable and there is also minor shirk, which most of the time, is carefully camouflaged.

"Verily God forgives not setting up partners in worship with Him. But He forgives whom He pleases, sins other than that (shirk)"
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 4, Verse 116

"Verily whosoever sets up partners in worship with God, then God Has forbidden paradise for him and the fire will be his abode"
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 5, Verse 72

Prophet SAW said “Avoid the seven deadly sins: shirk, black magic, killing someone without just cause, eating an orphan’s property, consuming riba, running away from the battlefield and accusing chaste women of fornication.”
(Related by al-Bukhari dan Muslim)

We, as parents, are responsible for our children. They are given to us on trust so we have to make sure that we are giving the correct education. How our children will turn out is entirely depending on the exposure and education that we give them. On Judgment day, we will definitely be questioned with regard to our responsibilities towards our children.

One thing we must always remember is that, satan had, after all sworn to mislead us till the end of time.

16 . He said: "Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way:
17 . "Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy mercies)."
Surah Al-Araf 7:16-17

62.       “He said: "Seest Thou? this is the one whom Thou hast honoured above me! If Thou wilt but respite me to the Day of Judgment, I will surely bring his descendants under my sway - all but a few!"
63 . ((Allah)) said: "Go thy way; if any of them follow thee, verily Hell will be the recompense of you (all)- an ample recompense.
64 . "Lead to destruction those whom thou canst among them, with thy (seductive) voice; make assaults on them with thy cavalry and thy infantry; mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them." But Satan promises them nothing but deceit.
Surah Al-Isra’ 17:62-64

Even as adult, we also often fall prey to the deception satan. I know I have in the past. The best thing was, I didn’t even realise it until a kind hearted soul pointed it out to me. I used to pore over women and girly magazine and without fail, I would deliberate over the horoscope section. I’m sure you are familiar with the zodiac column,  where they tell you whether you will be lucky today or happy or even when you will be meeting your Mr. Right, based on astrology readings. Little did I realise that my action was akin to committing shirk.

No one has the ability to predict the future. Only Allah SWT knows best and He knows what is best for us. If we believe, even a tiny fragment, of the prediction that we read in the horoscope column, then we are believing in the astrologer rather than Qada and Qadr determined by Allah SWT. Reading the prediction of our future in that column is similar to us seeing a fortune teller.

“106. "'Nor call on any, other than Allah.- Such will neither profit thee nor hurt thee: if thou dost, behold! thou shalt certainly be of those who do wrong.'"
107 . If Allah do touch thee with hurt, there is none can remove it but He: if He do design some benefit for thee, there is none can keep back His favour: He causeth it to reach whomsoever of His servants He pleaseth.And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Surah Yunus 110:106-107

SubhanAllah! The last thing I want to do is commit shirk. Shirk is the only sin God Al Mighty will not forgive.

Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed.”
Surah An-Nisaa 4:48

“Allah forgiveth not (The sin of) joining other gods with Him; but He forgiveth whom He pleaseth other sins than this: one who joins other gods with Allah, Hath strayed far, far away (from the right).’
Surah An-Nisaa 4:116
The Prophet SWT, said that anyone who learns astrology has learn some magic. [Abu Daawood]

This kind hearted soul even told me that if we visit or consult an astrologer or a fortune teller, then our prayers will not be accepted for 40 days. O.M.G.!!!! What if I die in that state? Will I then die a Muslim? Brrr…..the very thought gives me the shivers…

Well, the moral of the story here is that, we need to be very careful with what we see and read. We have to be particularly careful when it comes to our children. Sometimes, a seemingly innocent children’s story can cause the most damage. We must not take anything for granted….

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