Friday, February 5, 2010

Imam Issues Fatwa Against Facebook

For years, various members of my family kept saying "you should have a Facebook page." My response always was, "I have a blog- I don't need a Facebook page..." Finally, I gave in and in the last week I finally decided to set up a Facebook page.

Now, all of a sudden, a Fatwa has been issued against Facebook--

Haaretz - Israel News:
"Abd al-Hamid al-Atrash, an Egyptian cleric who this week ordered the Muslim faithful to boycott the Arab world's favorite social networking site [Facebook], Army Radio reported.

Atrash heads the fatwa - or religious edict - committee at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, considered one of the highest authorities in Sunni Islam.

The leading Sheikh was reportedly affronted by a survey that claimed one in five Egyptian divorces is caused by infidelity with a partner met through Facebook.

Facebook 'breaks up families,' Atrash reportedly said in his ruling forbidding Muslims from using the popular site."
It is nice to know that I am doing something that angers extremist Imams. Had I known, I may have set my page up sooner. Or maybe the Fatwa is only against the Arabic language Facebook?


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