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It is not obligatory to offer expiation for watching movies, rather it is obligatory only to repent sincerely

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My curiosity leads me to ask about some things so that I do not follow the wrong way which Allaah has forbidden… Previously we heard a fatwa from a shaykh whose name I do not know, that it is obligatory to offer expiation for watching dubbed [i.e. foreign] movies… Allaah knows best whether it was fasting forty days… On what is this expiation based, i.e., for what sin is it to be offered?… How should the Muslim offer expiation for these serials if he watched a number of them?… Does he offer one kafaarah for each episode or for each series, in which case he would have to offer 5 or 10 expiations…?

Praise be to Allaah.  

What you have to do is to repent sincerely to Allaah, by regretting this sin, giving it up and resolving not to return to it. You should also pray a lot for forgiveness, and do a lot of righteous deeds, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins)”

[Hood 11:114] 

This is what will expiate for your sin of looking at and listening to haraam things. With regard to those who say that you have to offer expiation – such as the example you mentioned – for watching movies, he has to produce evidence for that, because it is not permissible to impose something upon the people without sound evidence. Whoever imposes something on people that was not enjoined by Allaah has ordained something in the religion for which Allaah has not given leave. It is not permissible to invent expiations for sins and to specify their type and number without evidence from sharee’ah. 

Fasting in general terms, without specifying a particular number of days, comes under the heading of good deeds which wipe out evil actions. May Allaah help us and you to repent sincerely..

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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