Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sensitivity leads to different kinds of reactions positively as much as negatively. One can change behavior towards the better upon being touched and moved by certain work of art. Similarly one can turn to aggression once offended by a trigger of artistic impression. Either way it goes, those who posses creativity to create powerful artistic outputs have the opportunity to gain attention and influence.
Such rationale rooted from emotions resulted from shallow minded personifications, blind assumptions as well as over generalizations, is usually weak and bleak. Nonetheless many of us succumb to it in our daily reasoning and decision making. The mentally and spiritually weaker ones may choose to retaliate around with volatile emotions.
Out of all the abundant information available at most people fingertips, many were created out of interests towards and against monetary, religious, political, social, personal and the ever popularly sexual, with or without ample concern on the effects of such information. Since it is a borderless world of information, everybody can get access, milk the advantages and influenced by these information.
Nowadays the tools to become artistically creative are available and accessible to everyone. Creating multimedia contents filled with artistic impressions is becoming easier as we speak. The bottleneck of producing high interest contents lies in creativity. The blend of art and science in multimedia is indeed fascinating. Experts and maestros in this segment are wizards of illusion with the power to mesmerize.
In Islam, entertainment has been given due approval by the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w as long as it doesn’t transgress Islamic jurisprudence and moral as narrated in several prophetic stories and hadith. One of it was when the Prophet s.a.w asked his wife Aishah r.a why was there no entertainment during a wedding of a guy from Ansar tribe in Medinah because the Ansar like entertainment (Narrated by Al Nasai & Al Tirmizi).
Nevertheless, everything in this world is permissible with limitations and responsibilities. Too much of salt gives us hypertension while too much of sugar results in diabetes. Similar to this natural equation, music, entertainment as well other forms or arts appreciation should have its level of adequacy otherwise the excess will lead to negativities. To this extent, often the so-called hardcore music and entertainment fans and followers tend to differ; first in defining the need for adequacy and then in drawing the line for it.
Manifestation of being a Muslim shall remain evident in a Muslim soul for as long as the heart, mind and soul continue being pure and unaffected by elements beyond permissible boundaries of the religion. Regardless genres of artistic and entertainment appreciations, the internal strength consisting self policing and motivation that abides religion will always hinder negative excess that contradicts religious values from growing towards overwhelming condition.