Being a muslim in todays world is hard as everything that comes our way has to be filtered. There are too many clashes with society and it gets difficult to draw the line.
Like any other teenager, I watch movies, listen to music and read novels; but it gets hard to filter content that may not be appropriate according to islam.. First of all music (even though not mentioned in the Quraan) has been prohibited by certain hadits(even though its just string and wind instruments.. umm how can there be any music without guitars?). So maybe listening to music may be completely wrong.. Novels may be nice but again its hard to filter out what may be considered inapropriate according to islam. I find myself thinking and debating about what may be incorrect and what not.. As far as movies are concerned, even though it may have a good plot, it may include maybe a swear word.. One good way may be abandoning all of it. Wouldnt it seem strange when people ask you to listen to a song but you say I cant? because its wrong? Then.. WHAT CAN MUSLIMS DO FOR ENTERTAINMENT??
The other day I was watching watching The Little Mermaid with my 5 year old cousin and even though I have seen it so many times when I was younger, I never realised how much it clashes with the Islamic thought... Even as it ended with a kiss, my cousin looked embarrased.. but then we think that its a "kids" movie after all and what bad about it? Animated movies like shrek should actually be PG -15 rated for all the double meaning jokes and other inappropriate contect.
I recently found out that there are plenty of subliminal messages in walt disney movies- suggesting children to get involved in drugs, sex and all haram prohibited things. An article in the time magazine stated that the movie Lion King had so many subliminal messages that the children who watch it today are murderes of tomorrow. In such a world its so hard to filter things out for the muslim community especially impressionable children.. Where do we draw the line between social interaction Islamic beliefs?
My grandma always says that Islam does not expect you to abandon normal life for deen, but include life in deen since Islam is a way of life.... "Deen and Duniya" But in this really inapropriate duniya (world), how do we entertain ourselves?