“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
“Pokemon Go is ‘un-Islamic’, Muslim cleric says,” by Harry Readhead, Metro.co.uk, July 16, 2016:
A Muslim scholar has suggested that the hugely popular Pokemon go is prohibited by Islam.
Abbas Shuman, who is deputy head of the Al-Azhar Islamic institution, said the game was a ‘harmful mania’ which was similar to drinking alcohol.
Gulf News reports that the Egyptian cleric said the game ‘makes people look like drunkards.’
‘This game makes people look like drunkards in the streets and on the roads while their eyes are glued to the mobile screens leading them to the location of the imaginary Pokemon in the hope of catching it,’ he said.
‘If such a game can deceive youngsters, I do not know where have gone the minds of adults, who can be hit by a car while being busy searching for Pokemon.’
The augmented reality game has already led people to chase Pokemon in Auschwitz and to turn up at the homes of complete strangers.
Mr Shuman asked if people would ‘neglect their work and earnining their living and devote themselves instead to hunting for Pokemon.’
‘Will we find some lunatics walk into mosques, churches, prisons and military units in search of the missing [Pokemon]?’ he added….