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Watching Ertugrul is Haraam, says Dr Zakir Naik

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.

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, watching it is permissible,” he said.

“Anyone who is not watching serials will tell him this is Haraam and don’t watch Ertugrul. Instead they should read Quran, which will get them closer to Allah.  But there some who are addicts to movies. It is better to stop watch movies. But watching Ertugrul is lesser Haraam then 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 plus 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.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has 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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