Praise be to Allaah.
Watching movies includes looking at things that are haraam,
such as seeing ‘awrahs, following immoral actions, or listening to things
that are haraam such as music and obscene talk. Undoubtedly it is haraam to
watch them in this case.
If the movies are free of such things, then there is nothing
wrong with watching them, so long as that does not distract one from
remembering Allaah or keep one from doing something that is obligatory.
No distinction is made between documentaries and other kinds
Watching movies has a bad effect on the individual and on the
ummah. These include the following:
Provocation of desires
Propagation of immorality which
is made attractive and easily accessible
Teaching and justification of
crime, and making it familiar to young and old
Corruption of married life, by
making the wife seem ugly to the husband and vice versa, by showing images
of attractive girls and men
Spreading corrupt beliefs which
are based on kaafir theories, such as the theory of evolution, or
attributing the powers of creation and destruction to researchers and
inventors, or propagating magic, soothsaying and claims to know the unseen,
or making fun of religion and religious people, and other things which
appear in movies that are shown to young and old.
Wasting time and draining away
energy, living with illusions far removed from reality.
And there are other evil consequences.
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allaah preserve him) said: Another of
the evils of looking at those beguiling images and enjoying watching them is
those images which are shown in movies on videos and on the TV etc, which
show images of adorned women, especially those which are broadcast from
foreign countries, and those that are shown via satellite, etc.
They are a fitnah (trial, temptation), and what a fitnah. The
one who looks at those images cannot be sure that he will remain
uninfluenced by the image of this woman or this zaani (adulterer) or this
one who is committing evil and showing him the way to do it. He may not be
able to control himself and stop himself from looking for ways to fulfil his
desire, if he does not have the faith to stop him looking at these images,
whether they are drawings, photographs in the pages of newspapers and
magazines, or they are shown in direct broadcasts or in movies and the
These sins and haraam things are prevalent everywhere, and
they are calling people to commit immoral actions. When a woman watches
these non-mahram men, she cannot be sure that her heart will not incline
towards committing immoral deeds, and when a woman sees these immoral,
adorned women she would be temped to imitate them because she will think
that they are smarter and stronger than her. That will make her cast aside
the garment of modesty and uncover her face, and she will show her beauty to
strangers, and she will become a fitnah and what a fitnah. End quote from
the website of Shaykh Ibn Jibreen.
For more information on the dangers of TV, see the essay
al-Ijhaaz ‘ala al-Tilfaaz by Shaykh Muhammad Ahmad Ismaa’eel.
See also questions no.
13003 for the rulings on watching
TV and movies.
And Allaah knows best.