We exchanged the television for a computer
appropriately reference this fatwa to:
Question: Allaah blessed us with guidance in exchanging the television for a computer such that we can (now) watch what we wish of beneficial films. However, I ask (you), are the likes of these pictures in these films considered to be from that which the Messenger of Allaah prohibited us from?
Response: That which I am of the opinion is that whoever Allaah protects from the (evil effects of) television is (indeed) in good (blessing), inshaa.-Allaah Ta'aala, and He suffices you with (the likes of) that which the questioner mentioned. (This is) because with a computer you have (full) control by watching videos of your choice, whether they be about the creation of Allaah 'Azza wa Jall (documentaries) or (whether) they are of sporting competitions or that which are similar to these.
However, I dislike sporting competitions as we know them today because if a young child was to watch these sporting competitions and (his interest be aroused by) someone particular (sporting personality), then it would enter his mind that there is no champion in Islaam except this (sporting) personality; And this is (indeed) a travesty. For example, Muhammad al-Faatih - his video became famous and no doubt he was indeed a champion; (Allaah blessed Islaam with) much good at his hands, however, does this compare to the championhood of the Companions (of Muhammad (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam))? Never! If a young child grows up with his mind full of (these thoughts that) the champion of Islaam is this champion (sports personality), he will be made to forget the other champions (of Islaam). Therefore, if (the contents of) these videos were directed to rectify the current affairs such that in this there will be a good education (for the young), then this is better.
As for the matter of the pictures, then these pictures (in the video) are not (regarded as) visible pictures (hard copy) because if a person was to look at the video tape itself with the naked eye then he would not see anything until he placed it in a device (video player) which (would then) project the images within the video tape (onto the screen for viewing); So (the matter of the pictures in the video) does not fall under the statement of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa
((Indeed, the Angels do not enter a house within which there is a picture (of a living being)))
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
I'laam al-Mu'aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn 'Uthaymeen - Page 377