Pokémon Go, Soon To Be Banned in KSA?

According to an old fatwa, of the General Presidency for Scholarly Research and Ifta, banning the popular online and GPS powered game, Pokemon Go, has been explicitly renewed.

In the the old fatwa with decree No. 21,758 that was issued 16 years ago, yes, way back 2001, this kind of game is considered a form of gambling, which is strictly  forbidden in Islam.

Sheikh Saleh Al-Fozan, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said that “the current version of the game is the same as the old one.”

Accordingly, the fatwa has cited a number of prohibitions that justify the banning of the game, including gambling practices as two of the players compete to gain cards which hold different prices, and the stronger position of the two players wins the card; if the other player does not want to lose the card, he or she must pay its price.

The other prohibitions concern polytheism and the belief in and worship of many gods, in addition to the promotion and advertising of disbelief, logos, forbidden images and other caveats, which is forbidden in Islam.

This game affects as well the government and company secured premises. Taking note that street photography is also penalized in the Kingdom

H/t: Arab News