Friday, November 16, 2012

Egyptian Islamist denounces Internet as major sin

A prominent Egyptian Salafist preacher has denounced the Internet as the gravest of major sins, posing a threat to Islamic societies. He accused the west of deliberately using the Internet to export pornography to Islamic and Arab countries.

Egyptians are frequent visitors to pornographic websites, with five pornographic sites amongst the top 100 searched sites in the country, Al Arabiya reported. Salafist preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Yaqob has now issued a fatwa against the Internet, calling it haram (forbidden).

His wrath is not only limited to the Internet. He considers love outside marriage, which he describes as "adultery of the heart," as equal a sin as the Internet. Al Arabiya reported he said "In Islam, marriage is the only lawful man-woman-farm animal relationship."

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