Twitter is a source of evil – Muslim cleric

2014-10-21 18:41

Twitter is nothing more than “a source of lies” and evil, says Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric.

His comments sparked lively debate today on the microblogging site.

“If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it’s exploited for trivial matters,” Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his “Fatwa” television show broadcast last night.

Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation”, said the mufti.

“People are rushing to it thinking it’s a source of credible information but it’s a source of lies and falsehood.”

The social media platform is popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where some supported the mufti’s views but many others objected.

“This is why I will repent, and close my account to distance myself from this great evil,” wrote one Twitter user with apparent sarcasm.

“Respected sheikh, how can you judge something without using it?” asked another post.

But a supporter of the sheikh wrote: “I swear the mufti has spoken the truth; the evils of Twitter are many.”

Saudi Arabia adopts a strict version of Sunni Islam, including a segregation of the sexes, that influences all aspects of life in the Gulf kingdom.

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