Egyptian Islamic Institution Issues Fatwa On Pokémon Go

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Pokemon Go

One of Egypt’s most influential religious bodies is so unimpressed by Pokémon GO that it has issued a fatwa against the crazy-popular, augmented reality mobile game.

Abbas Shuma, deputy chief of the Al-Azhar Islamic institution, condemned Pokémon GO, telling Gulf News it was a “harmful mania” and that playing it is like being drunk:
“This game makes people look like drunkards in the streets and on the roads while their eyes are glued to the mobile screens leading them to the location of the imaginary Pokémon in the hope of catching it.”
Pokémon GO overtook Facebook and Snapchat for the amount of time people spend on a mobile app just days after it launched for iPhone and Android devices, spurring some hilarious situations of people venturing into the craziest real-life places just to catch a pokémon. An Al-Azhar cleric inquired:
“Will we find some lunatics walk into mosques, churches, prisons and military units in search of the missing Pokémon? Will people neglect their work and earning their living and devote themselves instead to hunting for Pokémon?”
Pokémon GO has become so popular that those are probably legitimate concerns; however, we imagine that most people will exercise enough restraint so as to not undermine their productivity or safety. What do you think?

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