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Outta Sight, Outta Mind?

It’s a Friday night and everyone is just chilling at home. You’re just lying on the couch and your dad is flipping channels. Flip. Flip. Flip. He doesn’t seem to be satisfied with anything on TV tonight. After a lot of flipping, he finally settles on something that might be a good watch. Your sister is doing her homework on the table, but you know she’s watching too. A nice, good movie with the family. Sigh, how relaxing…UNTIL THE MAIN CHARACTERS DRAW IN FOR A KISS AND HAVOC WREAKS AS YOU ALL SCRAMBLE FOR THE REMOTE TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Sound familiar? Embarrassing much?

Why do you think that every time we see something of such a nature on our screens in the presence of our parents or siblings, we suddenly get uncomfortable, embarrassed, and shy?

Is it because we all innately know that the actions in these scenes belong in the privacy of one’s home and within the beautiful sanctity of marriage and that they aren’t for the world to see?

Is it because deep down we know it isn’t from our nature to find such scenes amusing?

Is it because the scenes are too lewd for us to look at any longer?

Is it because our first instinct is to drop our gaze when we see something like that?

Is it because we all know that it is too inappropriate in nature to be watching with people we love and respect?

Do we scramble to change the channel in an attempt to protect the innocence of the young ones around us?

Remember the first time you ever saw something of an inappropriate nature? Remember feeling embarrassed and feeling in your heart that it isn’t right for you to be seeing this? How many of us watch such scenes from movies and TV shows without even giving it a second thought anymore? What has happened to our level of tolerance and modesty now? Did we start out being ok with watching those things? Have we become so used to it that it doesn’t bother us anymore? Do we really think that whatever we watch, read, or listen to won’t affect the health of our hearts and our faith?

If it isn’t watchable in the presence of your parents and siblings, it ain’t worth watching even by yourself, mate. Drop your eyes. Don’t look. Protect your heart. Because once it’s outta sight, whether we like it or not, it most definitely ain’t gonna be outta mind.

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Riham Ramzy is currently pursuing a degree in Islamic Law & Studies from King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah. She is absolutely crazy about flowers, loves the beach, and loves traveling. Her aim is to connect with the youth and to build an online community for support and encouragement which is something she didn't have on her journey towards bettering herself. So as her journey for improvement continues, she wants to take you along with her too!

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