Published On: Sun, Mar 24th, 2013

Top Saudi cleric says Twitter is for clowns

Top Saudi cleric says Twitter is for clownsSaudi Arabia’s top religious cleric has criticised the social media website Twitter, calling it “a council for jokesters” and a place for unjust, incorrect messages.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheikh made the remarks during a speech to other Saudi clerics on Friday.

The mufti’s remarks came on the same day that an imam at Mecca’s Grand Mosque said people had the right to express themselves, but should do so cautiously in order to protect the nation’s prestige and unity.

Earlier this year, the mufti called on Muslims to avoid Twitter as it “invited [people] to throw charges between them, and to lie in a manner that brings fame to some”.

The latest remarks have generated a wide range of reactions on social media.

Abdallah al-Dkhilallah, a twitter user from Riyadh, said: “Twitter was found for us to unload our oppressed energy and write what’s on our minds. With regards to corruption and clowning, there are stuff more corrupt than Twitter.”

Another Twitter user from the Saudi capital, Abdallah al-Moqhem, said such a description by the mufti is “not appropriate”.

“This council has scholars, literary figures, preachers, and some of them are senior scholars,” he said.

But local journalist Faisel al-Haidari tweeted that the mufti’s remarks were not intended for all Twitter users but for “corrupt” people “who sabotage the thoughts of youth with corrupt tweets”.

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Source: Aljazeera

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