What is your advice concerning a youth who lives in a home where there is a satellite dish, and television channels? Should he leave the home and stay away from his family, or what should he do?
This is a tribulation when the fathers are the ones who bring evils into their own homes – and it is a tribulation for the children. The father is the example, so if the father himself introduces the television channels in to the home, then what are the women and children of the house to think? They will no doubt be ruined.
It is obligatory upon the fathers to cleanse their homes from these corrupt television channels that cause ruination. They should not come before Allāh to be punished for these matters that led them astray [whilst they were] devoid of knowledge – and they will be ascribed to these ills on the Day of Resurrection – and the head of the home is as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated “a shepherd and is responsible for his flock.”
So it is upon the father to keep away from these television channels even if if he desires them and inclines to them – out of fear for himself and his children – because this is a responsibility that he has before Allāh and a trust that Allāh has placed upon him.
As for the son, then if he has been put to trial by the father in this matter, then he should advise his father in the best manner. If he accepts the advice, then all praise is for Allāh – and if he does not accept it, then he continues to advise him. However, he stays away and sleeps in room far away [from the television] and he does not leave the home altogether.
(Tawjihāt Muhimmah ilā Shabāb il-Ummah of Shaikh Al-Fawzān, p. 24-25 (Dārul-Mirāthin-Nabawee) Slightly abridged.)
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