Influential helplines for believers have been flooded with calls asking if the popular social networks are compatible with Islam.
Muslims should not create profiles on Facebook or Twitter because they are ‘un-Islamic’, religious leaders in India have claimed.
Influential helplines for believers in the country have been flooded with calls asking if the popular social networks are compatible with Islam.
But Muslims – and especially women – have been told by two leading Islamic scholars not to tweet.
Mufti Abul Irfan Naimul Halim Firagni Mahli said: “Women should not post pictures on Facebook or anywhere else on the Internet.
“This is un-Islamic. You can’t see someone’s face on Facebook and decide that you want to be friends. Look for love in real life.
“Virtual relationships are not faydaymand (profitable).”
Of the calls the Mufti fields each month in India on his popular helpline more than 50 per cent questions are about Internet usage.
The Sunni muslim cleric was joined by a Shia religious leader, who runs a helpline for the minority sect there, in ordering women not to post pictures on Facebook
Maulana Saif Abbas Naqvi told Indian media: “Women are not allowed to show their faces to anyone apart from their ‘mehram’ (male kin like father and brothers).
“So posting pictures on Facebook is banned.”
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