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

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Shares War Memories in Rare Appearance

Egyptian StreetsOctober 15, 2019

New IMF Chief Hails Egypt’s Economic Reforms

Egyptian StreetsOctober 15, 2019

Uncontrollable Wild Fires in Lebanon Force Residents to Leave their Homes

Egyptian StreetsOctober 15, 2019

Sisi Blames Renaissance Dam Crisis on January 25th Uprising: Egypt Bared Its Back and Shoulder in 2011

Egyptian StreetsOctober 15, 2019

Political Elite Outsider Kais Saied Elected As Tunisia’s President

Egyptian StreetsOctober 14, 2019

The Story of the 18-Year Old Boy Stabbed For Defending A Girl From Harassment

Egyptian StreetsOctober 13, 2019

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate Elects Its First Female Chairperson

Egyptian StreetsOctober 12, 2019

New Minimum Wage Raise for Civil Servants Coming Next Month

Egyptian StreetsOctober 12, 2019