Watching Ertugrul is Haraam, says Dr Zakir Naik

Diriliş: Ertuğrul

SRINAGAR — Renowned Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik said people should avoid watching Turkish television series called Dirilis: Ertugrul, which is ‘Haraam’.

“Almost all movies, Dramas and serials do not fulfill the criteria of Halaal. Some are less Haraam while some are more Haraam,” Dr Naik said in his video message.

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He said he has read articles about Turkish television series called Dirilis: Ertugrul. “They have broken records of Hollywood. Watching Ertugrul is not permissible as there are ladies actresses who are not in fully Hijab and there is music in it. So no one can give Fatwa that watching it is permissible,” he said.

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“Anyone who is not watching serials will tell this is Haraam and will say don’t watch Ertugrul. Instead they should read Quran, which will get them closer to Allah. But there are some who are addicted to movies. It is better to stop watching movies. But watching Ertugrul is lesser Haraam than Bollywood and Hollywood movies,” he said.

Often described as a ‘Turkish Game of Thrones‘, Dirilis has a vast and obsessive worldwide fan following in 60+ countries. Apart from diaspora Muslims in the West, the show has gained sweeping popularity in the Middle East, South Africa and surprisingly in South America.

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Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has also said he would like Pakistanis to watch a phenomenally popular Turkish television series called Dirilis: Ertugrul.

An action adventure serial full of sword fights, Dirilis is based on stories of the Muslim Oghuz Turks, fighting invading Mongols, Christian Byzantines and the fanatic Knights Templar Crusaders in Anatolia (now modern-day Turkey) of the 12th century.

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