PETALING JAYA: Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri had never said it is haram (forbidden) for Muslims to play Pokemon Go.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, it said the mufti had only discouraged Muslims from playing the augmented reality game.
“We regret that the edict has been manipulated by some online media by making their own conclusion without further research.
“Such misleading headlines have given a negative image of the mufti institution and Muslim scholars as a whole in the eyes of the fellow Muslims and non-Muslims,” he said.
The statement said Dr Zulkifli had never once used the word ‘forbid’ in his edict, but merely advised the Muslims to stay away from the game as it brings more harm than good.
“One of the reasons why the mufti did not use the word ‘forbid’ because it (the game) is not something that is clearly stated in the Qur’an and Sunnah,” it said.
It added if such term is used, it would give a negative impact on the society.
“That is why the mufti used the term ‘discourage’ if the game poses danger, to show that he disapproves of the game,” it said.
Pokemon Go which was officially launched on July 6, entered Malaysian market and over 30 other countries on Sunday.
The game uses the smartphone’s camera to create an augmented-reality experience so that the Pokemon appears to be physically present at the player’s location