If you like it or not, the popular medium of today’s entertainment world is TV, Movies, Internet and Music. You cannot avoid it, and if you think you can unplug from it, then you are isolating yourself from this generation and the next, might as well live in a cave. Few people have come up to us and said that what we’re trying to do with BURAAQ is “Haram”, and showing animated characters is not permissible in Islam. To them, I say good luck raising your children! These are the people who will stop you from doing it, but when Frozen 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, Good Dinosaur etc… comes out, they will be the first ones standing in line to take their kids to the theatre. You know why? Because their kids are growing up in this society, where reading less books and being glued to your smart devices is a reality. By 2020 there will be 6.1 Billion smartphones in the world, and you want to unplug? Good luck!
The key is to find a balance, that is the prophetic way. Even our prophet PBUH had an expert poet at his side, because that was the medium of that time. Poetry was so powerful at that time, that Arabs use to go to war based on it.
Today the battle is between the ears, and more than ever, we need leaders who are spiritually sound, and firm in their faith to lead the effort in these areas. Islam teaches us balance, there is good and bad in everything, and we still need to be careful with what our children watch and listen.
When I was growing up in Pakistan, there were only 2 paths for our future, either a doctor or an engineer. If we talked about being a musicians or artists, the society would look down upon you and simply mark you as someone who doesn’t have a future. Now the times have changed. I would go further and say it’s the opposite. We don’t need more doctors and engineers. We need more Media representation, Artists, politicians and lawyers. These are the areas that are shaping our society, brainwashing the masses and taking over our narratives. It time for us as an Ummah (community) to counter it, and take back our narrative.
We need to support our artists and individual who are on this spiritual journey. They are struggling to change the narrative. These are the people who are going against the mainstream current, and trying to save what’s pure and clean.
Here is the list of 10 artists, personalities, producers, writers and musicians I admire and follow. They boost my Iman (faith) every day. I hope it benefits you too In sh Allah (God willing):
1- Sami Yusuf
2- Peter Gould
3- The Message
4- The Omar (RA) Series
5- Bilal The Movie
6- DEEN TV
7- Noor Kids
8- ILYAS and the DUCK
9- Nouman Ali Khan
10- Our Humble Effort - "BURAAQ"
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