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  1. So true brother! once even i got caught up in this foolish habit of playing games. But Alhumdulliah my Lord saved me from this.

    Although i don’t play games but i have this habit of spending most of my time on the PC watching Islamic lectures, reading motivational articles ect. Taking information the whole day, but without implementing that knowledge in real life. To be true i don’t even remmber what i learn so that i could implement in my real life and/or teach it to others. 90% of my life is spent on the PC, just taking information.

  2. " one study says that gamers spend 3 BILLION HOURS PER WEEK playing games!!! 3 BILLION HOURS! Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajoun! 3 billions of our human life, just gone… for what?"

    3 billion hours per week? lol

    good article tho

  3. Masha’Allah. Excellent article!

    There is a small correction that needs to be done: (in the purpose paragraph addressed to gamers) “bu” also wasting it (should be “but”).

  4. I too, used to be addicted to video games although back then when I was a kid, they probably did more harm than good compared to the range of devices and technology available now. At least many of them today are educational, activate your brain and keep you fit.

  5. I can confirm this as a huge gamer myself. World Of Warcraft is true synonym for motivating people to play the game to the extreme level!

    Rewards are giving you greater power against your foes, but also allows you to compare yourself to other players.

    If we’d compare ourselves in real life as much as did players in World Of Warcraft, we’d have one hell of an interesting MMO, called real life.

    It’s fun competition and rewards come as much as you put energy into them.

  6. A motivator :)

    @AbuProductive: I was wondering if you could do a post on how to manage your time in school studies along with giving time to your family & your Prayers.

    JazakAllah

  7. Well, i’ve also thought these ideas.. but whenever i try to do i fail, and things get worse. But pc games have less harm to others so i choose this one. 

  8. Assalamualaikum, brother. Very interesting article/post. Love it as a gamer myself. In retrospect I do currently have this ‘addiction’ problem. Well its as much addiction as one is ‘addicted’ to reading books.

    I watched this video saying that gaming addiction is a misnomer and a sensationalist label to demonize gaming. Well, I can’t explain very well, so I’ll just drop the links to the videos in question here. Its a two-part video.

    http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/game-addiction-pt.1
    http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/game-addiction-pt.2

    But I do see the point of this post. The fervor and effort to games can and should be put to other more beneficial activities. InsyaAllah my compulsion to gaming, and to a lesser extend, overall laziness, is decreased in time and do devote more time to aim for Jannah.

  9. I’m kinda a pretty big hardcore gamer myself, and vid gamesare my biggest weakness. However i have realized that vid games are not gonna get me any where in life and by spending time on it I’m only wasting my time. But still reading about them is hard to avoid, so the way to solve this problem i have to take an oath that i wouldnt go on it for like 2 months, and alhumdullilah its working. But i wouldn’t advise that to anyone cause taking oaths and breaking them are huge sins. Anyways this is a great article, giving the exact reasons why they are so amazing p.s Call of duty is a garbage game. 

  10. Love it, I will still play games but fewer and fewer over the years. I love my Final Fantasy ^_^

    Mash’allah, I also want to become a better muslim and more healthy

  11. hahaha, i had a really great time reading this article! Could relate to it so much as an avid gamer!
    As a youth, i myself have been struggling against my intense passion and addiction for video games.. Installing a game, playing hours on end (like literally crazy with eyes red by fajr time), then uninstalling it with regret for the wasted time and lack of khushoo in slaah, followed by a reinstallation a couple of days later when my desire for the game rises once more. This cycle has happened with me a lot of times.. But Alhumdulillah, ive seen a few video tafseers of Surah Al-Asr as well as the opening part of Surat Al-Mu’minoon and that has really helped me curb my love for wasting time. Esp when you look at Surat al Mu’minoon, you find that the successful ones are the true believers. As a gamer, my definition of success had changed to simply pwning random unknown opponents in a video game, whereas Allah tells us succesful ppl are those who pray with khushoo, WHO TURN AWAY FROM LAGHW etc. And to be frank video games are nothing less than Laghw. Laghw = useless activity in terms of aakhirah or dunya. Video games are just that. If Allah ta’ala has sent an aayah that the successful people are those who turn away from laghw, i must also turn away from it. Alhumdulillah, this has helped me develop some degree of self-control with respect to these time-wasting video games.
    Very nice article, jzk.

  12. Jazakallah khair! Can you advise on here or link us to productive muslim articles that recommend best ways to relax and enjoy leisure time?

  13. I want to quit playing video games but its not that easy, I keep getting dragged back into it and I don’t know what to do. I have procastinated on my work and the deadlines are getting closer.