Arif-billah Dr Abdul Hayy ‘Arifi (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘The biggest bane of the present society, (which are described to be beneficial by some, however, I consider them to be totally corrupt) are the mass media outlets. These include television, radio and newspaper. They corrupt the morals. They have deteriorated our (humanely) condition, and made us infamous and disreputable.
They broadcast purposeless, paltry, heresy and iconoclastic things. These broadcasting results in the death of humaneness, honor of the human beings and our Islamic faith.
For the sake of God abstain from them!
Do not make an excuse that these can be used for broadcasting good. This a lame pretense. Show me where are they being used to spread good?’
Majalis e Arifi, audio set, CD#1, first waaz. Idara e Eshaat e Islam, Karachi, Pakistan
There are various reasons for the above statement. They include: The repeated reading or viewing of reports of crime, devious, irrelevant, irreligious, and anti-Islamic things make an individual insensitive of their gravity.
The level of hatred towards sins is diminished.
The chances of being involved in sins which are a ‘norm’ in society increases.
The value of utilizing time effectively is distorted.
The spiritual darkness that accompanies such things makes it difficult to initiate and sustain good works. Etc.
(Irresponsible use of Internet, especially purposeless surfing, should be included in this.)