Let’s Chill


Compiled by Umm Ibrahim – Freelance writer

The world of entertainment is indeed unlimited – it is so easy to get lost amidst the myriad of movies, music, gossip, celebrities and so on and on! Facebook pages have made one’s interaction with all-things entertainment extremely easy.

In order to better understand the arenas of entertainment today, and hunt down the solutions, Hiba Magazine got in touch with the following individuals:

1)      Mr. Tayyab Abid – CEO of Little Deeds; COO of Role Model Institute, and CEO of Tayyab Enterprises,

2)      Imam Jawad Ahmed – O’Level Islamiyat teacher at Generations school, Karachi and Head of Dawah Hotline in USA, called Why Islam (www.whyislam.org).

3)      Dr. Humaira Iqbal – Administration, Fajr Academy and Project Manager for MAP (Muslim Awareness Programme),

4)      Mr. Samir Feroze – CEO, yello.pk.

Following are some of the questions that we asked them, along with their response.

How can Muslims relax and enjoy their leisure hours, without falling into forbidden realms? List top three Halal avenues of entertainment that have worked for you/someone you know.

Tayyab Abid

  • Marriage and all the fun it legalizes.
  • Playing with kids.
  • Hanging out with the right crowd.
  • Eating out.

Imam Jawad Ahmed

They can do so by using their leisure time in fruitful activities, which are enriching and, at the same time, relaxing in nature. They should avoid everything that might break the boundaries set by Allah (swt). Top three would be:

1. Going to a park and enjoying the atmosphere there, or any rides that might be available.

2. Going to a bowling alley, where there is no music and no smoking.

3. Going to the seaside and enjoying the recreational activities such as ATV rides, camel or horse riding, etc.

Dr. Humaira Iqbal

Muslim can do the following:

1. Read good books. (There is a lack of love for books in the Ummah currently.)

2. Shop and buy presents for others, instead of indulging in one’s own desires.

3. Work on self-grooming.

4. Prepare homemade healthy food.

5. Venture on more nature-centred outings, for example, Port Grande, beach, hiking in Islamabad, crabbing in Karachi, etc.

6. Make an effort to socialize and move in the right circles.

7. Exercise regularly.

8. Take up gardening.

Top thee Halal avenues of entertainment that have worked for me or someone I know:

1. Eating out.

2. Speed boating and snorkelling.

3. Spas.

Samir Feroze

I believe Muslims can relax in the same way others can and do the same sort of activities. They just need to be careful of a few things while indulging in them. For example, if physical exercise is relaxing, one can play tennis or go to the gym. These activities would be more challenging if you live in a non-Muslim country, but assuming you are in a Muslim country, both should be reasonably ‘safe’ past times. Gyms can have music blaring, so you could take along an iPod and listen to some Quran, Nasheeds or lectures, etc. I personally do not do this, however, and just try to keep my focus off the music.

I believe playing video games which do not have objectionable content like car racing games, or angry birds, or some games on the wi-fi platform are relaxing and fun too.

Penetration of music is inevitable in our lives, whether we are in the supermarket or watching the news, etc. How can this be tackled?

Tayyab Abid

What can we do if we go to a place where there is music? Well, we can ask them to stop and emphasize that if you don’t, we might leave and not come again. Alhumdulillah, wherever I go, I do this. Alhumdulillah, 80% of the restaurants always listen to me and turn off the music. At the very least, they lower the volume. If they don’t listen, you can leave but before you do, fill out the feedback card with your complaint. Lastly, there are places in Karachi where there is no music (for instance, Snack Attack, Bovi Chic, Student’s Biryani, Biryani Centre, Mr. Burger’s certain outlets, etc.) or is turned off at your request.

Imam Jawad Ahmed

We can avoid in two ways: firstly, we move away from the place, where music is being played or ask them to turn it off. Secondly, we can put our index fingers or thumbs in our ears, where the music is being played, so that it doesn’t penetrate our ears, and at the same time, we try our best to get out of that area.

Dr. Humaira Iqbal

  • Recite Aoodhubillah.
  • Request restaurants to turn off the music.
  • Ask shopkeepers to switch off the music (especially if you are going to buy something).
  • Try going early in the morning, when most stores are empty and playing the Quran. I once gifted a CD of Qari Ghamdi to The Forum and they would play it for me in the mornings.
  • Avoid rush hours, because they always play music at such times.

Samir Feroze

Vote with your money by going to places which do not have music.

Editor’s suggestion: Try distributing a flyer on the position of music in Islam in these joints, and try to educate them. It is possible they are not aware of the admonitions regarding it.


There you have it! There are plenty of solutions, if you want to have Halal fun! Entertainment is not restricted to television or radio! There are plenty of other avenues that can be explored as an individual or as a family! It’s all about being creative and exploring new options. And, of course, it is also about remembering that one’s Deen is not restricted to rituals. It features in everything, even entertainment.

Little Deeds

Little Deeds

Alhumdulillah, Little Deeds was formed in April, 2010 with a small capital by Tayyab Abid; it is recently a joint venture with other brothers who share the same vision: to alleviate poverty by empowering socially and economically poor Pakistani families through interest-free loans and educating them with Islamic and personal development skills. Alhumdulillah, all applicants are able to return their loans in due time. Currently, Little Deeds is operating within Karachi and Sajawal only. Following is a brief over-view of how Little Deeds works:

Individual selection

The process starts with the submission of applications by persons interested in getting financial assistance. The loan officer evaluates whether or not the applicant deserves the loan.

Evaluating business plans

The loan officer discusses the business plan to see if it is viable and whether it can generate income beyond the household expenses of the individual so that the loan could be repaid easily. The applicant’s family is also interviewed to ensure that they know about the loan and support the business idea.

Guarantors of loans

After the initial evaluation, the loan officer discusses the plan with the two guarantors provided by the applicant. These are two individual guarantors who vouch for his/her credentials and accept the responsibility of monitoring the borrower; they give the assurance to persuade the borrower for timely payment of loan. One of the two guarantors may be from the same family.

Loan disbursement

Loan is given in front of the guarantors. Loan disbursement depends upon the availability of funds.

Lectures and personal development

Every individual is motivated through lectures and individual counselling to develop following qualities:

  • Emphasis on performing Salah
  • How to improve and develop manners and relationships
  • Emphasis upon children’s education
  • Protection and improvement of environment
  • Following highest ethical values in business


Once the loan has been disbursed, the loan officer monitors the applicant with regular visits to his residence and place of work. Repayment has to be submitted to the officer by the 10th of each month. In case of any defaults or fraud, we would exclude the area from our circle of operations; knowing this, the elders of the society put social pressure on the applicants to continue paying off their debts.

Interested individuals can help Little Deeds through Duas, donations, spreading the word about it, informing Little Deeds about deserving people, and helping with fund-raising.

Little Deeds – Success Stories




Highlights of the year 2010 – 2011

  1. Loans given to 57 people
  2. 0% fraud cases
  3. More than 20 people have returned their loans
  4. Ramadan Iftaris for over 1300 people in 2010-2011
  5. Ramadan Rashan distribution to over 300 families
  6. More than PKR 2.0 distributed in Zakat funds
  7. Team of six dedicated members

Brother Tayyab can be contacted at tayyababid@gmail.com.