The other day I was watching TV, and while I was switching channels searching for some good program, I stumbled upon one that literally dropped my jaw down!
It was a little innocent girl, about 5, wearing some finely beaded brassiere, and skirt, practicing belly dancing!!!
I did not care about how professional she was in dancing, but all I really loathed was her mother, who was so proud of her and smiling that made me nearly throw up in my mouth!
I kept asking myself in amazement how could a mother be so happy about turning her own little girl into a sex model?!
That is when I decided to write about how Islamic teachings, and me as a Muslim view obscenity Vs self-jihad. Before anyone jumps and says that dancing is a human art that people use to express their own ideas, and that Islam does not respect this, let me first explain to you what it is that Islam does not like.
I have written before in previous posts that Islam regards morality and modesty as top values that lead people to live more respectfully and humanly. Arts in the form of belly dancing or any dirty kind that depends only on shaking your body erotically is not called Arts my dears, it is physicality. What happen in nowadays’ clips whether by Muslim or non-Muslim singers are something way below the grandeur of arts. When all we can see are bunch of naked horny girls and boys vibrating, pouting and looking to each other crudely, can we call this an art??
In fact, anyone who would see this, he would be turned on, and that is what Islam rejects. Islam advises Muslims to steer clear from anything that involves forbidden relations as it could lead singles and married ones to commit sins by getting into illegal or extra-marital affairs. In fact, even the “look” to someone who wears immodestly, whether by a man or a woman, in Islam is forbidden. Some of you may consider this so strict, but let us be frank, here. Sometimes it is the mere look that triggers so many horrendous deeds afterwards. The look can beget staring and staring can beget addiction and addiction can beget sinning; it is like the snowball effect! Of course not everyone will respond the same, but at least some people are weak enough who will react as such.
Let me explain further. If a married couple, keep their eyes away from illegal sights such as horny clips, and obscene films, would they ever get divorced? Would they ever wake up one morning finding each other looking ugly? Of course not! We all know that people in real life, at homes, do not look as shiny and super neat as they appear on TV. So, if they follow Islamic teachings, they would never picture anyone except each other, hence, love grows more and infidelity would never be there between them. Plus, Islamic teachings call for covering either for women (body and hair cover) or for men (at least the area starting from belly button to knees). So, imagine if people get covered and lowered their gazes, what would happen? People will stop treating each other according to their appearances, but according to their minds and thoughts! It is the thought and not the body that matters!!
Unfortunately, one of the main reasons behind the backwardness of many nations in history is obscenity; a very famous one was the Italian city, Pompeii which was totally indulged in physical sins until a huge volcano buried its people alive. They did not even pay attention to the early warnings as they were completely busy and blind-minded. Another incident in the Islamic history was the fall of Granada, in Spain which was ruled by Muslims. Only when Muslims went astray and dig in drinking and obscenity that they began to lose their power, after they were the toughest nation on Earth! Finally, to keep yourself from illegal looks, from drinking, from committing sins is what Islam calls Self-Jihad (self-control)…it is as if Islam is telling us that better safe than sorry! To be continued…