A while ago, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger…he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league. ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The. stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home… Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures. Categorically, he destroyed all the moral values, ethics, love, time for each other and other good qualities we had in our family…..whilst adding some unnoticeable quantity of positive stuff also, which any way we would have had even without him……

His name?…. .. .

We just call him ‘TV.’




  1. Thanks for this. May Allaah reward u for making it known to us the EVILS in this thing called T.V. WAllaahi, it has brought more evils into our homes, communities, countries and the world at large, than goods people deem of it…

  2. What a nice tale with little literary advice though,but in communication Picture or TV never lie. it may be that is people who intend to turn it into lie. U can chose what to watch,even among human there is dynamism so TV never lie it is people that turn it into lie….. U’re welcome!

  3. Subhanallah first I thought the stranger was shadaan, come to think of it I found out it is one of my most company of the day. May Allah protect us from the evils of end of times

  4. Wow! Wat an article. At first I thot this stranger was shaatan but to my suprise its TV and honestly it has a negative impact on us if we choose as my brother @Abass Nafiu said. We create something for a good purpose and then we turn it in2 evil. So also the internet (social networks, chats). We should always monitor our kids especially what dey watch $ time. Also internate usage. May Allah uide us all.

  5. @ Abbas Nafi’u. It’s true what you said, but yet you underestimate the devil’s temptation. You might be confident of yourself, but also will affect you indirectly. Let us try and plan our time for what’s best. Don’t be so sure that you can decide on what to watch. We can never be perfect, but lets pray that we become capable of ignoring most of this evil things that have become what we cant do without. Stay active in spirit and in mind.

  6. Well done for ur contribution to this medium of evil social system that leaves in average family. My advice is to control your Telvision or it will control you just as the pieces of story. Jazakallahu Khair.


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