Pokémon No! Saudi Arabia revives fatwa banning the hit game

Pokémon No! Saudi Arabia revives fatwa banning the hit game
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The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia has renewed a 15-year-old fatwa banning Pokemon Go, according to Saudi media.

The old fatwa was issued by the Council in 2001 and considered the card version of the game a form of gambling and hence forbidden in Islam.

According to the Council of Senior Scholars, the current version of the game is similar to the old one as it involves gambling practices, the use polytheistic symbols, and promotes the Theory of Evolution.

The news of the ban came out alongside reports of three Saudi men being arrested at an airport in Jeddah after playing Pokémon Go on their smartphones there.

The game is not officially available in Saudi Arabia, but many people there have found unofficial means to download the app onto their smartphones.

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