The top mufti of Egypt issued an Islamic decree, or fatwa, declaring that buying Facebook likes is forbidden as it contradicts the sayings of Muhammad.
Grand Mufti Shawki Allam issued the fatwa in response to questions from Muslim faithful at Dar al-Ifa, a Sunni Muslim center responsible for official Islamic interpretation and decree in Egypt, according to The Associated Press. Allam declared buying Facebook likes forbidden, or Haram, on the grounds that “it’s deceptive” and is a form of fraud. Allam said that the practice therefore contradicts the sayings of the prophet Muhammad who said, “He who deceives is not of us.”
Allam is known to issue fatwas in response to a wide array of questions ranging from trivial matters to important theological issues.
The Grand Mufti issued a fatwa in January, for example, saying that it was forbidden for Muslims to use bitcoin as currency. Allam likened the use of bitcoin to gambling, due to its wildly fluctuating value. He also said that bitcoin was harmful to people and institutions, like the Egyptian government, since it undermined the government’s ability to regulate trade and commerce.
All fatwas are based on interpretations of the Quran and the collected sayings of Muhammad that are not in the Quran, which are known as Hadiths.
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