Ra­mazan, moral val­ues & TV shows

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MOHSIN AZEEM —Via email

Moral val­ues have stooped down to a very low level as the re­sult of in­flu­ence of elec­tronic me­dia.The over­all im­pact of this me­dia on the in­di­vid­u­als of our so­ci­ety is bad. It has brought a vast change in our cul­tural pur­suits as well as in thought and vi­sion.

In re­cent days our elec­tronic me­dia is play­ing with the most blessed month of Is­lamic cal­en­dar. Al­most all the TV chan­nels have started Ra­mazan shows. These Ra­mazan trans­mis­sions are usu­ally hosted by main­stream an­chors or tele­vi­sion celebri­ties, wherein they are hardly pro­mot­ing Is­lam and Is­lamic cul­ture for a mo­ment or so. In­stead of mo­ti­vat­ing Mus­lims more to­wards prayers, recita­tion of Holy Qu­ran, and to help the poor, these trans­mis­sions and many of these pro­grammes are en­gag­ing peo­ple to­wards win­ning prizes by an­swer­ing a ques­tion or by per­form­ing a live act on their glit­tery sets.

Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (PEMRA) has banned two Ra­madan shows due to the vi­o­la­tion of the Au­thor­ity’s pre­scribed code of con­duct dur­ing Ra­mazan trans­mis­sions. The ac­tion by PEMRA is re­ally com­mend­able, but there is still a lot is needed to be done by the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to pro­tect the re­spect of this Holy month and the moral val­ues of the so­ci­ety. It is nec­es­sary to en­hance the graph of moral val­ues in TV shows and it can be im­proved only by prop­a­gat­ing the val­ues of our own Mus­lim cul­ture, which is a real code for true and sin­cere liv­ing.

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