Fatwa No : 89099
Fatwa Date : Thul-Qi'dah 16, 1425 / 27-12-2004
Can I watch movies like horror movies, action, thriller movies by forwarding the songs if any in the movie or by forwarding romantic scenes if any but often the horror, action and thriller movies are empty from songs and romantic scenes?
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.
1) The ruling about watching these kind of movies: watching such films, if they do not portray women and are free from music and other religious prohibitions, is permissible on the condition that they do not lead a person to miss an Islamic obligation. However, it is most likely that you will not find a film with these requirements. Moreover, it is difficult to monitor the TV when there are such prohibitions.
2) Time wasting: There is no doubt that continuously watching these kinds of films is a waste of time. Every person is going to be asked (on the Day of Judgement) about his time and life how he spent them. Despite this fact, many people do not observe some obligations, like seeking knowledge, keeping relations with kin, nurturing children, and observing other rights. All the time is nearly spent in fulfilling one's needs. So we have to preserve our time and spend it in beneficial matters.
Allaah knows best.