Deputy minister: Respect mufti’s views on Pokemon Go

Asyraf-Wajdi

MALACCA: A deputy minister has urged Muslims to respect the ‘fatwa’ (edict) and the Federal Territory Mufti’s views on Pokemon Go and not to treat them lightly even if they disagree.

Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the decisions of the religious authorities were made because of the negative effects of the smartphone game.

“The views of the Federal Territories Mufti on Pokemon Go involves Islamic principles and was made after a holistic study,” he told reporters after opening an Umno meeting here.

On Aug 1, the Federal Territories shariah committee announced that Muslims were not allowed to play Pokemon Go.

The Federal Territories Islamic Legal Consultative Committee said the decision was made based on scripture and for the benefit of Muslims.

On Aug 4, Federal Territories Mufti Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said the ‘fatwa’ issued in other countries, such as by influential Egypt-born cleric Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi in 2001 had basis.