Man is the major pillar of development. He is also the object of media programs from the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects. It is extremely important for the Arab and Islamic nation to upgrade its communication and mass media, especially in the age of globalization. This can be done through developing educational programs and purposeful contests. This study aims at clarifying the provisions pertaining to televised contests so that one can know whether to accept or reject them, or refrain from participating in these activities.

The study consists of an introduction, four sections and a conclusion. In section one the researcher defined contests and indicated their types. Section two explained the provisions for contests in general and televised contests in particular. Section three explicated the purposes and aims of contests; whereas section four was devoted to the provisions and rules pertaining to prizes of contests and their conditions.

It was found that contests, with or without prizes, are permissible as long as they serve the purposes of shari’a such as protecting the religion, the mind and other purposes. The prizes given to the contestants must be offered by another party other than the contestants themselves. Prizes can be provided by some of the contestants but not by all.

The study recommends that contests be given more attention in a way that makes them more compatible with the purposes of the Islamic shari’a. A committee needs to be formed to prepare and supervise the production of these contests. Existing contests should be encouraged as long as they serve the shari’a purposes

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