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Praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds. Blessings and salutation on the prophet Muhammad (SAW), his entire household, his companions and those who follow his footsteps.

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه

It’s that time of the year once again when the Fitnah of TV goes a degree higher when eyes and minds are treated to moral poison. It’s time again for Big Brother Naija!

Big brother Naija (BBN) formerly known as ‘Big Brother Nigeria’, is a ‘reality TV’ show which premiered in the year 2006. It requires 12-21 contestants to stay in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize worth $171,428.57 which is an equivalent of ₦60,000,000 as well as other material gifts by avoiding being evicted from the house till the end of the show (Wikipedia).

There has been quite a number of seasons succeeding the first season and so far, all have been a success – a success at leaving the youths morally bankrupt.

Till this very moment, what value BBN seeks to add to the society is a question that is begging for an answer. Being a ‘reality TV show’, virtually all the affairs of all the housemates are being filmed live, not even the scenes from the bathroom are spared. All are made available for the direct consumption of the viewers.

The concept of BBN in its entirety is in gross violation of Islamic (and moral) values. The show, undoubtedly, is founded upon Ikhtilāt (free mixing) because the participation is not gender-based. No wonder, every consequence of Ikhtilāt that can be thought of abounds in BBN.

If Islam could prohibit free mixing for beneficial and rewarding purposes such as learning and Salah, how much more free mixing for fun? In Islam, women will NEVER be on the same row as men in Masjid (mosque):

Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said that after Allah’s Messenger (May peace and blessings be upon him) said “as-Salamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah’ twice announcing the end of the prayer, women would stand up and leave. He would stay for a while before leaving. Ibn Shihab said that he thought that the staying of the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him) was in order for the women to be able to leave before the men who wanted to depart.” [ al-Bukhari under No. 793.]

Ibn ‘Umar said that Allah’s Messenger (May peace and blessings be upon him) said: “We should leave this door (of the mosque) for women.” Naafi’ said: “Ibn ‘Umar never again entered through that door until he died.” [Abu Dawood under No. 484 in “Kitab as-Salah” under the Chapter entitled: “at-Tashdid fi Thalik”]

It’s appalling that the same set of people who campaigned against rape a few months ago are the same set of people rooting for BBN housemates, knowing fully well the evils – wanton display of nudity, music, Zina, etc- embedded in this show. It’s rather hypocritic to condemn a wrong while letting another morally reprehensible act carry into effect. All forms of immorality must at all time be condemned.

Being a show established on Ikhtilāt, as expected, housemates fornicate with one another, despite that it’s being filmed live for the world to see. Unfortunately enough, this is one of the activities the viewers keenly anticipate: how people who had hitherto been strangers get into a “relationship” and in the long run end up committing Zina with one another.

This abominable show indeed is an overt war against morality as the minds of the youths and other categories of people vulnerable to this evil are being implicitly trained to see free mixing and the consequences it may beget (with Zina being the most evil of them all) normal. Verily, this is a violation of an injunction of the Quran:

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا

And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allah forgives him). Surah Al-Isra, Verse 32

Seeing the show tends to make people see women barely dressed, semi or fully unclad as normal; because the women are required to live in that house as they would in their own houses. Thus, when they are in the shower, they are filmed too. The review of every moment of the show on the internet by viewers shows how much audience it has and how comfortable they are with same, to the extent that the housemates are assessed by their peculiarities, not sparing the women amongst them from the mortifying assessment. Some of the participants, particularly women, end up having a fanbase. Allah’s aid is sought!

The youths, having been robbed of Hayā (shyness/modesty), – which is an essential quality of a Muslim, are deluded to see BBN as an opportunity to be “shot to fame”. It appears to the diseased minds as a landmark achievement and some may give anything possible to feature in the shame, especially since it would mean they stand a chance to win millions of Naira and other material benefits.

To the minds of the conscious Muslims, it’s settled that BBN is one of the vainest engagements a Muslim may invest their time on, as the sight and hearing will account for how they were used:

إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا

Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah). Surah Al-Isra, Verse 36.

It’s dismaying that some Muslims not only spend their time (rather busying themselves with beneficial engagements,) watching BBN as it runs 24/7, same is also endorsed by them as they spend their money voting their favourite housemates. This is in great contrast to the personality of an ideal Muslim. An ideal Muslim is not the one who supports evil rather, forbids it: Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 110:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah. And had the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) believed, it would have been better for them; among them are some who have faith, but most of them are Al-Fasiqun (disobedient to Allah – and rebellious against Allah’s Command).

وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

… Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment. Surah Al-Maeda, Verse 2.

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We must, in every way we can, forbid and steer clear of the evils of BBN and not support it in any way. Even if we do not have the power to stop it from being aired, we must resent it because being pleased with it in any way makes one a sinner:

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْت رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم يَقُولُ: “مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ” .

[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ]

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim].

We ask Allah for safety from every Fitnah.

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك اشهد ان لا اله الا انت استغفرك واتوب اليك.


Yusuf Issa Abu-Unays
Managing Editor at | Website

An ultimate student of law, University of Ilorin. A freelance writer.

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