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Quran: Say to the believing men that they
should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. (Surah
Nudity and nakedness has always been a feature of the many
publications in this country. Pictures of semi-naked women in
commercial advertisements and news articles, for example, are
almost universal in our newspapers and magazines, including
many innocent ones meant for domestic consumption. Although
the obscenity in many of these instances is merely incidental
and not the primary object, it has always been questionable
for Muslims to either sell or allow into their homes some of
these publications, since nudity in any form is highly
undesirable and destructive spiritually.
To make matters worse, however, the recent relaxation of
censorship laws in this country has resulted in a steady flow
of literature and publications that were previously banned in
this country. Included amongst these are soft-port magazines
such as the 'Hustler', 'Playboy', 'Penthouse', and a hose of
others. In these magazines, the indecency and nudity is
obviously the sole or primary objective, and not just 'by the
way' as is the case in the afore-mentioned magazines.
A Muslim is supposed to be the custodian and guardian of
morality, not only for the believers, but also for the benefit
of the community at large. It is his duty to fight and stop
evil in the first place, failing which the least he should do
is to ensure that he is not a party to it's propagation.
Sadly, some Muslim business-people have instead become willing
participants in propagating immorality.
Muslim business - owners and managers in any locality who
stock any of these offensive magazines should be made aware by
their Muslim customers that they find it totally unacceptable.
Remember, if we remain indifferent to this transgression
that is being committed by a few amongst us, there is a danger
of us all being guilty of the same sin in the eyes of the
Almighty by virtue of our silence.
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Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)