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Egypt’s mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook ‘likes’

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook “likes” is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and deception.

Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of fatwas, usually in response to questions by Muslims seeking religious guidance in matters related to even the most trivial issues.

The questions are asked of the Dar al-Ifa, the Sunni Muslim institution in charge of religious rulings, mainly based on the Muslim holy book of Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

The mufti posted on the institution’s Facebook page earlier this week that it is “religiously prohibited” to pay someone to click a “like” on a promotion.

Allam says “it’s deceptive,” citing Muhammad’s saying, “He who deceives is not of us.”

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  • Facebook likes: “it’s a form of fraud and deception.”

    No, Islam is a form of fraud and deception starting with the mythical Gabriel and the myths surrounding Mohammed.

  • It is a sound fatwa, and I speak as a non-Muslim. Integrity and character matter. Whatever the context or the subject, even if we err in our suppositions, it ought to be done on a clean slate, not one grubbed with the filth of lucre.

  • Articles of this kind are helpful to understand that religion puts human activities under one of three headings:

    (a) activities that are correct, or sacred
    (b) activities that are incorrect, or profane
    (c) activities that are neutral

    In this article, the human activity under discussion is the activity of buying Facebook “likes”. Islam (as interpreted by the Mufti) deems puts this activity under the heading (b).

    Another example of the same kind occurred in history. Take the activity of European Christian women wearing trousers. The Vatican considered more than once which heading to put this activity under. At one time, the Vatican put the activity (b), i.e., it was incorrect for European Christian women to wear trousers. At another time, the Vatican put the activity under (c), i.e., it was neutral for European Christian women to wear trousers.

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