UPDATED STORY (22 July 2016):
ORIGINAL STORY (20 July 2016):
Pokémon has joined the likes of ISIS and chess in being issued a fatwa, this time by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars. Technically Pokémon (or Pokeman as it was referred to) was issued it’s first fatwa back in 2001 over the Pokémon Trading Card Game, so this fatwa should be seen more as a reinstatement. You know, just in case you were keeping score.
USA Today reports that Pokémon was issued fatwa number 21,758 for encouraging gambling while making people “look like drunkards in the streets” according to Abbas Shuman, deputy head of Al Azhar. The original 2001 fatwa also cited Masonic and Zionist imagery within the trading cards as the reason for the ban.
So what does this mean for Arab Pokémon Go players? Well not a whole lot it seems as The Washington Post reports Trainers in Beirut and Dubai are still out in playing public. The game is also trending on Twitter in countries like Qatar and Lebanon.