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Saudi Arabia issues fatwa against POKÉMON for being ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘blasphemous’

SAUDI Arabia has renewed its fatwa against Pokémon because it promotes “blasphemous” and “un-Islamic” beliefs about the theory of natural evolution.

The top Islamic council in the Sunni kingdom nation has reinforced its 15-year-old ban on the franchise as the new Pokémon GO app continues to grip millions of users worldwide.

The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars said it had revived a 2001 decree against a Pokemon card game because it contradicts the Islamic belief that evolution is a dangerous myth.

It argued the evolution of the creatures in the game, who are given specific powers, amounted to blasphemy, which is prohibited in Muslim law.

The fatwa states: “It is shocking that the word ‘evolution’ has been much on the tongues of children.”

In Saudi Arabia, the pre-Islamic era is dismissed as the age of ignorance and its relics are deemed ungodly – while some clerics even see patriotism as tantamount to idolatry.

The hardline nation, which


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