KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims are forbidden to engage themselves in the virtual world of Pokemon characters and play the reality game of Pokemon GO due to the principles of maslahah (public interest) and harmful consequences.
Mufti of Federal Territories Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri, in a statement on Friday (Aug 5) said that the ruling was made at the Federal Territories Islamic Legal Consultative Committee meeting on Aug 1.
"After studying the opinions of religious scholars and the fatwa (edict) issued, we agreed that the edict has a basis and that Pokemon Go and all the Pokemon characters should be avoided as it can bring harm.
"The game promoted a search for power and deities with certain powers which could lead to gambling," he said.
"Based on previous cases, the game also allows foreign surveillance, breach of private space and could lead to safety issues, such as accidents and distractions," he added.