Is This Stranger in your Home?

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home… Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.
More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures. Categorically, he destroyed all the moral values, ethics, love, time for each other and other good qualities we had in our family…..whilst adding some unnoticeable quantity of positive stuff also, which any way we would have had even without him……
His name?…. .. .
We just call him ‘TV.’
Dear Readers, Please suggest a moral for this beautiful story!!

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37 Responses to Is This Stranger in your Home?

  1. HAIDER ALI786 May 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM #

    After reading all the article I was thinking it will be shaitan but I was wrong its not shaitan its human thing hahahahaha
    the moral wll be
    All that glitters is not gold
    Not everything that is shiny and superficially attractive is valuable.


  2. Friend May 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

    Like it so much ……………….. 🙂 nice one…….

  3. shakil May 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM #

    Inevitable, unavoidable.

  4. Muhammad Adil May 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM #

    Lolllzz,,, and you think its a beautiful story… hahahahahaha.. very poor attempt.
    In our chidhood in an urdu weekly Mag “Akhbar-e-Jahan” there was a regular page called “Cut Piece”, this page used to have such foolish writings called “Afsaanchaa”.. This thing tried to attempt a useless Suspense,,, Hats Off….

    • mamoun shalaby May 11, 2012 at 3:28 AM #

      if you don’t like those stories why bother reading them? just leave the site .ask for not getting this kind of mail

      • Muhammad Adil May 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM #

        Maamoo Jaan, Don’t try to be OVER EXCITED.
        1st of all I tell me who Put the Foot on Your Tail (AAP KI DUM PAR PAA’ON KISS NAY RAKHAA).
        2ndly, Its my right to write my view as if I like some thing or not. When I see a good creation I praise it. Maamooo This is the way the things get criticized.
        By the way, Ur name is “Maamoon” means “Brother of mother”, but u talk so cheap, Be careful for the NEXT time , “Kaheen Koi Bhaanjaa , Bad-Tameezi naa kar Day..” 😉

  5. Dr. Md. Golam Mostafa May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM #

    (1) Groucho Marx said: “I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book”.
    (2) Stop Your Life From Slipping Away;
    (3) Television Causes Violence;
    (4) Television Teaches Us To Be Passive Lemmings;
    (5) Television Is Making Us Stupid;
    (6) Television Is Making Us Fat;
    (7) Television Makes Us Materialistic;
    (8) The study shows, “The average American now loses 9 years of their life to the glowing box”. You could calculate your year lose from wacthing TV

    • Muhammad Adil May 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM #

      Dear , how can one calculate his life loss, how much life is written for you inthe Holy Tablet (Loh-e-Mahfooz) nothing can reduce it..
      so keep it up…

      • Dr. Md. Golam Mostafa May 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM #

        Dear Muhammad Adil:Salam. I agree with you that we don’t know our exact age of survival. It is Allaah the Almighty knows. Therefore it is difficult to calculate the lose of years caused by TV. However, using statistical probability and life expectancy of your country, you could arrive at a certain conclusion: “How much time lost by watching TV on average”. You could also termed this as as trend analysis. Zajak-Allaahu Khairan fid-dunya wal-akhera.

    • Engineer May 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM #

      Wonderful. I liked all your points. So true.
      Of course everybody must have met TV’s – he is called Internet.
      And boy is smart – he is every where -PC , laptop, tablet, mobile.

    • Engineer May 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM #

      Nice one Sara.
      And quite good points mentioned by doctor.
      I hope you guys have meet TV’s son –
      The Internet.
      And he is smart…
      In your PC, laptop, iPad, mobile…
      Is any thing remaining?

  6. Virendra Goel May 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM #

    Parents may not be in a position to rebuke the stranger but they do have power of silencing it when not behaving befitting family’s integrity and values. That done, they can enjoy the company of the stranger and learn lot more from it.

  7. H masry May 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM #

    This a must have and deal with evil

  8. osamah May 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM #

    This is true,but what’s about media in general.

  9. Hammad azam May 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    Undoubtedly it’s all true I am a card surgeon and I know that tv(all recreations being watched on screen)is infact TB
    This is not sensible to expose oneself to a disease causing agent and then to say I will refrain from it’s effects due to strong immunity prevention is better than cure
    I have found encouraging results in patients of long standing hypertension and heart disease to stop viewing news and they ended up all the activity as they found it’s I’ll effects on health which is worldly loss
    Ulema sat that while watching tv each one of us commits 18 big sins(kabira gunah) which is loss in hereafter

  10. bello May 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM #

    TV is doing more harm than good in this generation. We should put more effort in creating other methods of impacting Islamic knowledge to our younger ones. The world is changing very fast, therefor let us use our strength that ALLAH has given us to defeat this evil.

    • Sara - Admin May 7, 2012 at 5:12 PM #

      But Bello,
      Should we stop using internet and TV? what do people say???

  11. Yunus May 7, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

    The TV and the internet are slow poison that gently dieorientate us to the wish of the dajal. Please let us keep them under seriouse control and check.

  12. abdessalamskaik May 7, 2012 at 3:39 PM #

    TV is not that bad , if you select the correct channels you would like to see, delete the others and don’t watch what you don’t like. You can’t stop the progress and the technology to inter your life. But be faith.

  13. Ibrahim El-Osery??????? ??????? May 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

    Never admit welcoming a stranger in your home for more than three nights; not fifty years!!!!! Adopting an orphan is encouraged but to follow your own morals and life styles.

  14. Agent May 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

    the villian is not the intruder it’s the one who let him in and let him take over.
    we can’t keep whining about the things that was forced upon us, but we can take the best of use out of it.

    • Sara - Admin May 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM #

      That is an amazing analysis.

    • Najeeb May 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

      How can a teenage person make use of it, knowing the fact that they always strive after the things that their parents ban them? By one way or other they will make use of it but in negative way.

      • Agent May 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM #

        Tyvm Sara, and for mr najeeb there has been a protector for many many years as old as humanity which is boundries, boundries are these strong restrictions which are build in us, i’ll give u an example, if u went to some place and they told u there is a lion in the dark room over there, u won’t get near to it cause u’ll know that there is a risk and there is dangerouses, and if u’d see people around u never approaching this place u’ll never have the guts to be there, but unfortunatly nowadays all of the people are in that dark room over there, but it’s not a hard task in sha2 allah to make the new comers to this world reject being there…

  15. Shahzad Shahid May 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM #

    TV was invented for information transfer and for fast communication of happenings…. we can make it better and its possible

  16. sharif123 May 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM #

    the story is more than beautiful.

  17. Ado March 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM #

    @ E Feedback125, the modern technological development such as the invention of the Tvs, Radios, telephones ( GSM) and the Internet are the greatest challenges to the Muslim world today. The Muslim societies must come up with better alternatives to all these. But so far and to the best of my knowledge there is nothing yet, Why ?

  18. E Feedback125 October 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM #

    Alhumdulillah there are still many homes even now, who hav not kept TV in there houses. Alhumdulillah there are many children even now, who seen a single cartoon, serial and movie. Infact TV is one of the biggest sign of Day of Judgment and it is near. Do you know the signs of Day of Judgement???Allah says in Quran:
    “Are they waiting for anything except the Hour, to come to them  suddenly?  But its Signs have already come!” (Al-Qur’ân, Surah Muhammad)
    And Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said the following:
    *Singing girls would appear on the scene
    Readers, plz tell what is shown on the TV. It talks openly about love, sex, alcohol and every crime and bad deed that prevails in our society is taught by TV. It has taught children to disobey their parents and has encouraged youth to do love marriages (against parent’s will). It taught people new ways of cheating and deceiving one another. And in fact many teenage girls have lost their virginity because of believing what is shown on TV to be true. Although there are many different stories people have seen, there are millions of stories of destruction caused by TV.
    People say it depends on how we use it. But what is shown on all the channels is only vulgarity.
    Question to all Muslims: IF Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would have been with us today, would he have permitted us to keep TV in our homes???
    May Almighty Allah guide all of us and keep us refrained from performing sins. Ameen.

  19. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni October 15, 2011 at 12:11 AM #

    I believe the prophet talked about something like tvs nd radios..he said that metal things will talk in the future nd thats it
    Nice btw!

  20. abdul rehman khan October 12, 2011 at 11:02 PM #

    it diverts the mind from creator  to  towards creation

  21. Anonymous October 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM #

    technology is a double edged weapon

    we should use it wisely

    BTW TV isn’t always bad

  22. Abd Sof October 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM #

    we cant deny its good role.. but we should use it wisely

  23. Abier October 12, 2011 at 6:44 AM #

    lol! nice one 🙂

    • Mian Rashid October 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM #


  24. Kanav Sharma October 12, 2011 at 6:41 AM #

    Some of the very different write ups i have read. Nice. This aint funny.! At least i guessed so. So True.!

  25. Mubarek Alamin85 September 13, 2011 at 5:41 AM #

    All for the decoration of disobedient jealousy   AKA+(Shaytan-Satan-Devil) etc.

  26. saidani miloudi January 9, 2011 at 10:33 PM #

    She must be his wife the Computer who freely talks about sex using internet