Using Snapchat is a Sin – Muslim Scholar Issues Fatwa

A member of the supreme committee of the Muslim Scholars Association in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who had issued a fatwa which declared the use of all filters on the social media/photo sharing platform Snapchat as a sin, has been heavily criticized by the youth of Saudi Arabia on another popular social media platform, Twitter.[irp]

The member of the supreme committee of Muslim Scholar Association, Naser Al Omar, went on his official Twitter account on the 15th of May and proceeded to tell the entire world, that the special effects or filters which have been created by the application “Snapchat” is not permissible in Islam as it was willingly and cunningly distorting the creation of God in order to make people laugh.

This news was reported by a local publication in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Although Mr. Al Omar did not specifically name the application which he had been referring to, however, several of the users on the social media platform Twitter unanimously concluded that he indeed meant the Snapchat application

This photo sharing application allows all the users to add special effects onto their photograph and has become popular not only amongst the youth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but also amongst young and old alike all over the world.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia surprisingly ranks in at number two, only behind Ireland in terms of the general usage of this particular Snapchat application. These statistics have been provided in accordance to the surveys which had been conducted by the Global Web Index, a British Research Company.

The Snapchat photo-sharing application is most popular amongst the Saudi youth between the ages of 16 to 20 years. Several of the users of the social media platform, Twitter came out in heavy numbers and dug up old fatwas which had been unnecessarily issued on similar issues.

The users claimed that such fatwas are not at all necessary. One of the users, Wajdi Mohammad openly stated and admitted that the girls look much better with the effects of the application. Another user by the name of Khalid Hassan had stated that the fatwa issued by Mr. Al Omar did not include any photographs taken by the Snapchat application but instead talked about the changes that the application and the filters on the application made to the original image.

Other users heavily criticized the fatwa by saying that they believe that there are several issues which are more pressing than the Snapchat application which the highly educated scholars can divert their attention to or take notice of.

They added that the effects of the Snapchat filter are not really permanent or long lasting and it is just done for a good laugh and not with any sinister intentions. Although the filters on the Snapchat application can distort the facial features of the user, it is only on the screen, not in real life and can be deleted with a touch of a button.

Source: Arab News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.