Arabia’s highest religious authority has banned the popular
children’s game Pokemon. In a fatwa, the Permanent Committee for
Scientific Research and Ruling, headed by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh,
the grand mufti, urged “all Muslims to beware of this game and
prevent their children from playing it.”
committee charged that Pokemon “resembles gambling because of the
competition, which at times involves sums of money being exchanged
between collectors of the cards,” the committee said.
committee said the concept of the characters in the game appeared to
be based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Most of the cards
“figure six-pointed stars, a symbol of international Zionism and the
state of Israel,” the committee said.