News

Egypt’s Top Islamic Authority Prohibits Online Chatting Between Men and Women

Egypt’s Top Islamic Authority Prohibits Online Chatting Between Men and Women
Dar al-Ifta prohibits men and women from online chatting.
Dar al-Ifta prohibits men and women from online chatting.

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta issued a Fatwa (religious edict) on Saturday specifying that men and women are not permitted to engage in online chats if they do not know each other.

Dar al-Ifta, the international flagship institute for the issuing of religious edicts and Islamic legal research since its founding in 1895, has stated on its official website that men and women who are ‘foreign to each other’ are not prohibited to chat online.

It also stated that chatting between men and women who are strangers is a waste of time and, “as many experiences in our present time prove that this opens the door for evil and frivolity, an entrance for Satan, and is a source of corruption and sedition.”

The Fatwa specified that chats should only be done in “cases of necessity.”

The Islamic institution also instructed a woman to not send her photos to strangers in order “to protect herself” and – “preserve her dignity.”

The Fatwa stated that these photos are used “in corrupted acts by deviants, and it is deemed foreign to our religion.”

The religious edict sparked a debate on social media and was met with ridicule.

Some users have attacked the Islamic institution, believing it has lost track of its priorities.

Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Egypt’s former Grand Mufti, will appear on CBC tonight to speak about the fatwa.

Statistics issued in September of 2013 reveal that Egypt’s internet users reached 37.14 million.

Egypt's First 'Gay Wedding?'
82 percent of Egyptians 'happy with Sisi' says poll

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Photo: Fatma Khaled

Media Officials Call for ‘Discipline’ in Egypt’s Media at Annual Journalism Conference

Fatma KhaledMay 4, 2016
Emergency assembly meeting at Egypt's Press Syndicate on Wednesday, April 4, 2016. Photo: Aswat Masriya

Egypt’s Press Syndicate Calls for Resignation of Interior Minister, Vows to Strike if Demands Not Met

Egyptian StreetsMay 4, 2016
Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.12.24 PM

Egypt Has Second-Highest Corruption Level in MENA Region, Says Report

Aswat MasriyaMay 4, 2016
pablo (82)

Months After Presidential Pardon, Sanaa Seif Sentenced to Prison

Egyptian StreetsMay 4, 2016
Egyptian activists shout slogans against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his government, during a demonstration protesting the government's decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in front of the Press Syndicate Cairo, Egypt, April 15, 2016.
REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

Egypt’s General Prosecutor Issues Media Gag Order on Police Raid of Press Syndicate

Egyptian StreetsMay 4, 2016
image

Egyptian Found Dead on Railway Track in Italy: Foreign Ministry

Egyptian StreetsMay 3, 2016
Previous protest in front of the press syndicate, on Apr. 28, 2016. Photo: Asmaa Gamal, Aswat Masriya

Egypt’s State-Owned Al-Ahram Publishes ‘Unprecedented’ Editorial Taking Aim at Interior Ministry

Egyptian StreetsMay 3, 2016
John Kerry

US Congressional Delegation Visits Egypt to Discuss Counterterrorism, Regional Security

Egyptian StreetsMay 3, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.