What we often overlook or take for granted is just how much power the media holds. With media, the world has the ability to shed light on the most important and most pointless issues. The media can make things look really important or really irrelevant. Bottom line, the media is, unfortunately, what steers the wheels of human kind’s perspective.
Not so long ago, I saw a trailer of a show that will air in Ramadhan. It was a series about the life and times of one of Islam’s most important figures, Omar Bin Al Khatab, also known as ‘Al Farooq’. Words cannot describe how jubilant I was over the fact that Arab media has finally taken a turn to the better. Finally, our media will portray something that matters to us as Arabs and Muslims. Honestly, I am dead sick of all the pointless shows and carbon copies that are aired in the Arab media.
I have been tweeting like crazy about just how I do not approve of the media we have in our region since a good 80 percent of it is a carbon copy of the west, regardless if rights have been bought or not. I have expressed my enthusiasm for this upcoming series. I’ve learned about this remarkable figure many times in school and knowing that we aren’t exactly a region that reads as much as we’re supposed to read, I was beyond happy that Omar Bin Al Khatab’s life story would reach thousands of people in only 30 episodes or so. I expressed my enthusiasm on Twitter and guess what? Yup, you guessed it, I was attacked. Literally!
I’ve so far seen all the episodes that were aired, and I can’t stop myself from feeling proud. Our Islamic history is being documented in the most beautiful and respectful manner. Seeing something visually is ten times more powerful than reading a chapter from a book. I would love to see more productions highlighting such important figures from Islam. In a time where this region’s deeply affected by the West, reminding this generation about the importance of Islamic heroes is what we exactly need.
Why do we marvel on the most pointless shows being aired? Why are we fascinated by bimbo actresses hosting game shows during Ramadan? Why are we ‘entertained’ by actresses whose faces just scream ‘plastic surgery’, which is also Haram by the way, yet when we want to shed light on such an important Islamic figure, we’re suddenly all sentenced to Hell? I come from a generation that is just sick and tired of being labeled as useless and reckless. Unless we start seeing our pasts’ heroes in our media and stop highlighting completely untalented figures and bad influences, we cannot progress as a nation. And trust me, even if we do in fact progress as nation, someone somewhere is bound to complain and find something negative about it.