WHY HALAL ENTERTAINMENT?

The first few months of a happy marriage is always a memorable experience, usually, one in which life passes in a relaxed & slower pace, it is blissfully idyllic for a Muslim couple getting to know one another & who are in love. As the bride experiments in the kitchen trying to cook up some special treats for her husband, and the groom tries to squeeze in as much private time as he can with her after work hours and other commitments. But during this newlywed phase, the husband and wife shouldn’t just focus on bonding with each other, but also on sealing their relationship with the blessing of God’s pleasure. It is Satan’s most loved & valued act to separate a woman from her husband & a man from his wife. One safeguard against the cunning plans & whispers of Satan is to equip one’s self with the Knowledge of Allah’s book and Sunnah (way of the prophet saaws). We can be in a good daily routine before marriage but easily slip out of that routine while lost in the dreamy romantic stage of our new lives with our beloved partners. It is important for a husband & wife to involve each other somehow into their daily religious routines, making it something they do together as a couple will

It is important for a husband & wife to involve each other somehow into their daily religious routines, making it something they do together as a couple will ensure it’s continuance. Bonding your religious duties such as reading your morning & evening du’as, reading Quran or learning the Arabic Language for example, with your romantic duties & time spent together with your spouse when appropriate, is a means of becoming each other’s pillar of support in faith. This will empower you as a couple to set down a firm & stable source of ground for your future precious sprouts. With God’s help, you will grow with one another into a dynamic duo, solid & strong in your emaan and belief. Satan and his army will not be able to come near you or your future generations, Insha’Allah. So how can we join Religious duties with time spent with your spouse? Spending time with your spouse, entertaining them in a halal manner is a religious duty in itself Below we have listed 10 Forms of Halal Entertainment for Couples to enjoy while pleasing their lord at the same time.

 

 

1) Satisfying each other’s sexual needs –

You can turn sex into a sadaqa and obtain the reward from Allah, by making one’s sex life more than just a physical gratification; Adopting the thought of pleasing Allah & mastering unselfish care for one’s partner by intending to please them & cater to their needs & pleasure. When doing this act in a Halal manner with the intention of safeguarding your partner’s lusts & desires from improper behaviour & thoughts, it is considered a good deed and a pleasure to Allah SWT. Cake is great, but if you had a slice of it every morning your craving will be completely satisfied & put off even the smell of cake during the day, lol it’s highly unlikely you will be craving it at work or anywhere.
God’s Messenger (SAW) said: “In the sexual act of each of you there is a sadaqa.” The Companions replied: “0 Messenger of God! When one of us fulfils his sexual desire, will he be given a reward for that?” And he said, “Do you not think that were he to act upon it unlawfully, he would be sinning? Likewise, if he acts upon it lawfully he will be rewarded.” (Muslim)

2) Playing a physical Sport Together –

Going to a nearby park or empty beach and playing a game of Tennis or Badminton if you prefer can actually be surprisingly & hilariously fun, especially when it takes you a while to actually hit the ball lol. Competing with each other playfully is enjoyable & helps us stay in shape as well as fulfill a religious duty we have over our bodies to stay fit & reasonably healthy. It doesn’t have to be limited to Tennis, you can go round the block a couple of times fast paste walking. If you already have a family try football, Cricket or a game of rounders.

3) Enjoying Nature & Allah’s Out Door Beauties –

Taking a romantic walk in the woods, meadows or by a river or having a small picnic can be peaceful as well as relaxing. It automatically gets the mind pondering over the miracles & mercies Allah has blessed us with and this is contemplating is a form of Dhikr a remembrance of your lord SWT and another form of rewarding and benefiting act of worship.

4) Watching a Funny Islamic Talk or Lecture Together with Snacks & Treats –

We are hoping to compile some of these for you to choose from In Sha ALLAH, but there are so many hilarious Sheikhs out there that always have me in stitches, some that come to mind are, Br Nouman Ali Khan, Abdel Rahman Murphy, Mufti Menk, Sheikh Hasan Ali, Sheikh Faiz, the list goes on… This is a brilliant alternative to Movies and can serve as a beneficial reminder as well as halal entertainment. On the other hand, there are also many short Islamic films available online now, as well as Muslim video Blogs or inspirational convert stories one can look into.

5) Reading an Islamic Book Together –

There are so many interesting topics to read about but if you are newlyweds, maybe a more appropriate one to read together is one on marriage. You can maybe take it in turns to read a paragraph at a time, expanding your knowledge on marital intimacy and wife/husband rights & duties according to Quran & Sunnah can prove to be a great blessing in disguise. This will make you both more aware of your roles together so that no one can be blamed or accused of dictating to the other, for example a wife may find out she has a right to spend her hard earned cash on whatever she pleases and not have to contribute to the bills & a husband might find out that without his initial consent & blessing his wife may not be allowed to leave the house without his permission. And if you’re together in learning these things fisabilillah neither of you is disheartened or made to feel intimidated in any way.

6) Enjoying a Romantic Meal Or Entertaining Family & Friends –

Now this may sound corny to some but believe me when in private & behind closed doors it’s a pleasant funny & fun experience for both, especially if you want to go completely out and set up the candle lit scene in the comfort of your home. A private place where the wife can beautify herself to be just as sexy as the Hollywood or shall I say ‘Bollywood’ stars, ( but she will be much better because she’s not fake, she’s the real deal ) & the husband can enjoy holding or kissing her in any way he pleases that wouldn’t be normally permitted to do in a public place. A fun ‘ extra‘ to add to this type of evening, could be a box full of written things you would like the other to do for you, such as a massage, let your imagination go & take turns to pick them out & do for each other. There is also an endless list of beautiful non-music nasheeds one can play in the background in replacement to music & to stay conscious & thankful to Allah SWT. Entertaining Family & friends is a form of keeping good ties of kinship, it is a blessing and another means of sadaqa & good deeds.

7) Playing a Board Game while Visiting the Sick or Elderly –

If there isn’t anyone elderly or sick in your family, visit a local hospital or hospice, visiting the sick is a Sunnah and also a means to contentment & there’s nothing like a good game of Scrabble, Drafts, Domino. There are so many Islamic games out now too, such as Quran Challenge, Hadith Challenge, The Mosque Game, The Hajj Game. Improve your Islamic Knowledge & have fun at the same time, you can also add a chore for the loser to do just to spice it up a bit

8) Taking an Educational Trip –

Going to a historical or Science Museum can be very refreshing & spiritual, exploring the world of an artist’s imagination in a suitable art gallery is another original & unique experience, there are so many historical castles & gardens out there to explore as well as last minute bargain deals on close, Muslim holiday destinations such as Morocco or Turkey, you can travel to on short breaks if you can afford it.

9) Creating your own Treasure Hunt –

This one is soooo fun, buy your partner a little pressy, wrap it up and hide it somewhere, then write up a load of clues/riddles and lead them to each other & then eventually to the pressy. They will go crazy exploring the whole house trying to find their treasure but be prepared for a tiggling war straight after.

10) Being a King/Queen for the Day –

When we get carried away with work, family & kids, it’s really hard to find the time to spoil each other the way you used to in the beginning, soooo… This is an opportunity to spoil your partner rotten aaaall day long. An example is starting the day with a breakfast in bed, followed by an all over body massage, soak their feet & maybe give them a pedicure ( its not rocket science), let them choose what you wear or even dress you, and what they want to eat, why not even cook together & have fun feeding one another? Experiment new foods or vegetables, taste them blind folded & try guessing what it is? and basically do what ever they want you to do all day…. have fun!

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Saleema harun is an articulate poet

and a writer on contemporary

issues mostly but not always, concerning Islam.she is passionate about marriage and an advocate for the girl child education in Islam.follow saleema harun on  saleema harun facebook page

 

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