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Dargah Ala Hazarat Ali issues fatwa against ‘Pokemon Go’

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Published on 6 Aug 2016 9:39 AM GMT

Dargah Ala Hazarat Ali issues fatwa against ‘Pokemon Go’
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Bareilly: The Barelvi sect of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday issued a fatwa against much-hyped mobile game, Pokemon Go.

The fatwa was issued by the team of clerics of ‘Dargah Ala Hazarat Ali’ and they have advised the Muslims to not play the game as it is against the principles of Islam.

The fatwa on this game was demanded by the followers of Ala Hazarat Ali, residing in South Africa, Mauritius, Egypt and some other countries.

It may be mentioned that Saudi Arabia has already banned the game.

Received queries from across the worlds

One Mohammad Shahid of Durban and Rome John of Mauritius had requested the clerics to clear their stand according to shariya on playing Pokemon Go.

Mufi Mohammad Salim Noori, the spokesperson of Dargah Ala Hazrat Ali, here told reporter that clerics were not aware about the game and a research was done on it after they received queries. The clerics after doing the research concluded that Pokemon Go was against Islam and Muslim should restrain themselves from playing it, he added.

The answers to their queries have been sent, the spokesperson said.

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The reason to issue fatwa:

Mufti Salim Noori added that, ‘Shaitaan’ has been promoted in the game. The shaitaan is very powerful and it can increase the crime.

  • It increases the risk of life as it has to be played while walking.
  • One who plays the game does not care about his family and friends.
  • Anything which sends the one away from his family and Islam is against our religion.
  • The clerics have dubbed the game as anti-Islam and ‘Haram’.

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Earlier, a fatwa was issued by the same dargah against the products of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali.

"Anything which contains cow urine cannot be used in any form orally or externally," the ‘fatwa’ had said. In this case, the Sharia never allows use of Patanjali products,” was said in the fatwa announced on May 18 last.

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