Saudi Arabian Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has sounded the alarm about his country’s increasing use of Twitter, which he referred to as a “source of lies” and evil, Al Arabiya reports.
The Sheikh said on his television show “Fatwa” (Islamic Declaration/Ruling/Opinion), which airs on Mondays in the Saudi Kingdom: “If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it is exploited for trivial matters.” He continued, describing Twitter as “the source of all evil and devastation.”
The Grand Mufti added: “People are rushing to it thinking it’s a source of credible information but it’s a source of lies and falsehood.”
The Sheikh was said to be troubled by the fact that opposite sexes are freely allowed to communicate without restrictions, which is highly controversial in Saudi Arabia’s strict Shariah laws system.
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is a man of incredible influence within its Sunni Muslim community. He is the ultimate “Fatwa” authority, and is appointed by the King of Saudi Arabia.
In 2012, he controversially declared that “All churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed,” citing a hadith said to be spoken by the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.
The Grand Mufti has also issued a Fatwa that declared girls as young as 10 were ready to be married. “Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age,” he said.
Other Islamic entities have taken it upon themselves to threaten Twitter employees’ lives. Twitter’s CEO said recently that his staff has received multiple death threats from jihadis on the social media site who are affiliated with the Islamic State.