"Pokemon Go" denounced as un-Islamic by Saudi clerics

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    Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has revived a 2001 religious edict prohibiting Pokémon in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game.

    The augmented-reality game Pokémon Go, which is based on a 1996 Nintendo game, has created a global frenzy as players roam the real world looking for cartoon monsters.

    Although Pokémon Go is not yet being officially available in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, many have downloaded it illegally and have started hunting for virtual “pocket monsters”.

    The kingdom’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta said in its latest announcement on its website that it has republished a 2001 edict on the game after “receiving many questions” on it from the public.

    The 15-year-old fatwa said the game was too much like gambling and that the concept of its characters appeared to be based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is rejected by Islam.:hehe::hehe::hehe:

    t also said most cards on the game carried symbols of “deviant” religions and organisations, such as “international zionism” and Israel, Christian crosses, freemasonry, and symbols from Japan’s native Shinto religion. :bplease::bplease::bplease:

    The Pokémon game was un-Islamic as it contains polytheism, said the edict, without specifically referring to the popular smartphone app.:facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:

    Pokémon Go uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles.

    It has already been blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe.

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    In 2001, Saudi Arabia banned the cartoon and game based on a fatwa by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the now Qatar-based cleric known as the leading religious voice of the Muslim Brotherhood. Qaradawi issued an Islamic edict banning Pokemon as "un-Islamic" because the cartoon aimed to "possess the minds" of children, while promoting Zionism and gambling.

    Saudi Arabia's Higher Committee for Scientific Research and Islamic Law supported Qaradawi's edict. "Most of the cards figure six-pointed stars, a symbol of international Zionism and the state of Israel."

    Religious officials also said at the time that the game and cartoon should be banned because Pokemon uses symbols such as "crosses, sacred for Christians, triangles significant for Freemasons, and symbols of Japan's Shintoism, which is based on the belief in more than one God".


    http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/midd...nites-debate-middle-east-160719090657893.html
     
  4. Rahul Singh

    Rahul Singh Senior Member Senior Member

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    And people wonder where does 'peace' of 'religion of peace' flows from?
     
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    let is seee what the esteemed @spikey360 thinks of this
     
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    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    Haha! What to say.. everything is Haram in Islam.
    Take a look
     
  7. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    And Smartphones are not Haram as it is mostly produced by Christians ? What a hypocrisy ! :mad: :rofl:
     
  8. HariPrasad-1

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    Some time ago watching foot ball by women was declared unislamic. I think that except beheading and bomb blast and suppression of women, everything is unislamic.
     

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