Buying 'likes' on Facebook is 'immoral', Egypt's top Muslim cleric declares
April 17 at 3:29 PM Email the author
CAIRO â" For centuries, successive grand muftis of Egypt have weighed in on the lives of the nationâs citizens. The Muslim legal experts have issued fatwas, or religious decrees, that respond to questions seeking religious guidance on the most serious of issues, such as blasphemy, as well as the most trivial household matters.
Their bailiwick now includes how Muslims should act on social media.
This week, Egyptâs current grand mufti, Shawki Allam, ruled that buying âlikesâ on Facebook to falsely build up followers was âimmoralâ and âa fraudâ â" and hence prohibited under Islam.
Allam published his ruling on the Facebook page of Dar al-Ifta, the Sunni Muslim institution that is responsible for religious decisions that are primarily based on the Koran and the sayings of the prophet Muhammad.
All am said boosting content to promote an account, product or Facebook page is permitted under Islam as long as itâs done in a way that reflects reality. But boosting social media interaction through fake âlikesâ or âcommentsâ on a promotion is a clear violation of honesty, he said.
âIf likes are fake, or electronically generated, and do not resemble real individuals, then that would be considered impermissible given that it's a form of fraud,â the post on Dar al-Iftaâs Facebook page read.
Also calling such actions âdeceptive,â Allam offered support for his ruling by citing the prophet Muhammadâs saying: âHe who deceives is not us.â
This is not the first time this year that Allam has ruled on the way technology is influencing lives. Earlier this year, he issued a fatwa declaring that the buying and selling of bitcoin and any other cryptocurrency was equivalent to gambling, and prohibited under Islam.
He said that the digit al currency was directly responsible for the financial ruin of people.
Earlier this month, the Dar al-Ifta issued a fatwa prohibiting the playing of an online game called âBlue Whaleâ because it is believed to have prompted some participants to commit suicide. The game pushes players to go through dangerous tasks over 50 days, including causing self-inflicted wounds.Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt