Qatar's Mufti Bans Pokemon
Qatar's mufti has followed the example of his Saudi counterpart and issued a fatwa banning Pokemon, reported AFP, citing newspapers on Tuesday.
Sheikh Yussef Qardawi said in the fatwa, carried by Al-Watan, that "Pokemon is banned to preserve our children, their faith, their morale and their money."
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, were still investigating the craze launched in Japan in 1996 to decide whether it was "un-Islamic", according to the Gulf News.
But Japan's giant game manufacturer, Nintendo, said on Monday that it was investigating whether the popular Pokemon game has elements that may be deemed objectionable to some Islamic cultures.
"The purpose and foundations of the Pokemon -collecting, nurturing, trading, friendship and goodwill -are consistently positive, and have been universally embraced by both children and their parents around the world," a company spokesman said.
The spokesman added that the characters and their names are fanciful in nature, adding that "nothing in Pokemon's design is intended to be disrespectful of religion or to promote gambling or any political agenda."
The spokesman said Pokemon is a shorter version of the name of the product in Japan -Pocket Monsters.
Pokemon's success has spread to trading cards, comic books, a television series, film and toys, with sales running into billions of dollars - Albawaba.com
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