Saudi Arabia denies issuing new fatwa against Pokemon

By REUTERS
July 21, 2016 18:24

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia denied on Thursday that the conservative kingdom's top clerical body had renewed a 15-year-old edict declaring that the Pokemon game was un-Islamic.

Saudi media reports said on Wednesday the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars had revived a 2001 decree against a Pokemon card game in response to queries from Muslims, although it made no mention of the new Pokemon GO mobile game.

Users of the game walk around their real-life neighbourhoods in search of scores of "pocket monsters", which emerge superimposed on the phone screen via its camera.

The 2001 fatwa said the card game contained elements prohibited by Islamic law such as gambling.


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