You were not created for 56 inch television sets

“You were not created for 56 inch television sets with Netflix to watch movies until you drop dead. I’m serious.

You were not created to play solitaire on your computer.

That’s not the purpose of all of this technology.

You were created to know your Lord.

You were created to study.

You were created to delve deeply into the meaning of your very existence

in whatever capacity you have because different peoples have different capacities.

So the Prophet (saw) told us there will be tribulations and we should be aware of this…”

Hamza Yusuf


A more recent recording of a short lecture by Hamza Yusuf (You can tell that by the white in the beard). Actually the lecture was in September 2012 (discovered through the comments section).


Some good advice/thoughts, here, on how to deal with the difficulties that are coming as part of the Last Days scenario.

With an amusing finish.



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10 responses to “You were not created for 56 inch television sets

  1. I argree with you. I do not watch a lot of TV. I prefer to blog or do other things. I think everyone has so many facets; it might take you your entire life to really understand yourself. This is a wonderful write.


    • Thank you for your lovely comments, Jser67. This means a lot to me 🙂 Sorry if there were a delay in replying :-/ was working through comments in reverse order (amongst other things), which probably was unwise.

      I agree that with the growth of the internet, TV has become a little redundant. And about ‘the Self’, that trickster! Sometimes just when you think you know yourself so well, you then do the most human thing of all and make a mistake or two or three. They say that if we didn’t have our human failings then God wouldn’t have made us exist. He already has the angels. What makes us better – best – is if/when we turn to Him through our own gift of Free Will – after making those mistakes and asking Him to strengthen and guide us aright. He is much more dependable than anyone you will ever meet in life. We should avoid relying our hopes on each other. That is, we should expect, people to be people. But God… IS always there – the One, Ever Present even as all the others have fled from us. He only asks us to call on him (one to one) for help, nourishment, security. Consider this:

      “The Prophet (peace be upon him) related to us that Allah says: “I am as My servant thinks of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he mentions Me within himself, I mention him within Myself. If he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in a better assembly. If he comes near to Me a handspan, I come near to him the distance of a cubit. If he comes near to Me the distance of a cubit, I come near to him the distance of two outspread arms. If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running.” [sources: Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6856) and Sahîh Muslim (4832)] (quote taken from

      Peace 🙂


  2. Julie

    I was not created to pay into my 401K!! 🙂 Thanks, Arif, for sharing this. It was nice to hear this as I consider this subject material at times. We need to plant the seeds. He talks about the young being the now, not the future, and I tell this to my son regularly.
    (I’ve tossed my television, but Netflix on my computer is a bit harder as I really love Film). Really, though, very interesting… mash’Allah


    • Yes, he does talk directly to us reminding us about not forsaking our youth. My problem is time… “Verily man is in loss” (al asr). You know Hamza Yusuf ‘back in the day’ (circa, from the mid 90s) was instrumental in getting me (amongst many, many others) thinking more dynamically about Islam. I recall he spoke of the faith in a style I’d not heard before. Imagine the blessings he will receive, mashallah!

      I do love film too. But I think he was talking about the obsessionists and those that are neglectful in the dunya. This does not preclude us and so we ought to be wary.


  3. Fitri

    Heard of this in one of the videos I watched but couldn’t remember which one. Hmm If you could put up the video it would be nice. Alhamdulillah for the reminder.


  4. maryamchahine

    I remember Shaykh Hamza Yusuf coming to give a talk where I lived. In the lecture, he mentioned giving up the TV. At the time, the idea seemed outrageous, and we couldn’t imagine giving up the TV. Then the Iraq War started and so did the propaganda campaign on TV. That’s when we finally said goodbye to TV, and we haven’t looked back since.

    That was our first time hearing him speak, and even then back in the 90’s he had a presence. He is an immense blessing to the ummah, and almost everything that he says or writes is of benefit.


    • You’re right. I have mixed feelings about the TV. I barely watch it to be honest and we limit the time the kids are on it. I take from it the concept of being ‘stuck in the dunya’. In that sense, pretty much anything has this effect. And so it is more a cautionary tale and reminder – to keep our wits about us. The Buddhists call it ‘being mindful’ of the present moment. That, like walking the sirat al mustaqim (the straight road) can be quite a struggle (jihad). c’est la vie, right 😉 But inshallah, we struggle, by marching on.


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