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Ibn Baaz: Youth should not abandon Media fields and leave them to the ignorant and those deviated from the truth

An interview with His Eminence by the Kuwaiti magazine Al-Mujtama`, on 17/7/1410 A.H

Q 3: Nowadays, the media play an important role in directing this generation in accordance with the desires of the media producers. As a matter of fact, the radio and television drama and programs intend to implant certain values, thoughts, and principles that the producers of these shows.

If we leave the production of these artistic works to others, they will corrupt our children. If we direct our children to understand and learn these arts, so as to shape them in an Islamic way, we fear they will commit sinful deeds. Please, give us your advice in this regard.

Answer by Allamah Ibn Baaz (rahimahullah):

People in charge of Muslim countries have to fear Allah (Exalted be He) and entrust the good and guided scholars with the responsibilities of people.

The scholars should not abstain from clarifying facts through the media. They should not leave these means for the ignorant and dubious  individuals or atheists. These posts should be occupied by righteous and faithful people who are endowed with deep insight to direct matters, according to the Islamic teachings, in order not to do harm to Muslims, young and old, men and women.

Scholars have to give perfect answers to people with regard to the shows and programs produced by the media until the time comes when they are assumed by righteous persons. Muslim countries should use righteous persons in suitable positions to spread good and implant virtues. May Allah grant us all success.

Q 4: According to what you have clarified, do you recommend that Muslims study these fields to occupy the positions those evil-minded people hold?

A 4: Yes, the scholars should not neglect these matters or leave them to ignorant persons. Rather, they should spread goodness and virtue in all fields.

However, I do not recommend them to practice acting.

Scholars are asked to illustrate the rulings of Allah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him) to people. Performing or acting certain characters is lying and impermissible.

Fatwas of Ibn Baz>Volume 5>Youth should not abandon Media fields and leave them to the ignorant and the deviant from Truth