Iranian Ayatollah Warns about Evil Sides of Social Networks
Ayatollah Seyyed Kazem Nour Mofidi, Representative of the Supreme Leader in the Northern Province of Golestan, said on Tuesday that religious leaders of Iran should take action against the operation of social networking websites.
“These kinds of websites are trying to control and dominate the minds of people, especially Muslims. Launching social networking websites is a new scheme conducted by the enemies of Islam in the hope of depleting Islamic values.” Ayatollah Seyyed Kazem Nour Mofidi remarked during a sermon in Golestan Province.
Ayatollah also referred to the facilities and options being provided by social networking websites to their clients. “Of course, people can establish better communications with each other by using these services, but the American and European companies are pursuing their own sinister intentions with regard to managing social networking websites.”
“Social networks are developed as one of the modern weapons of Western governments in their soft war against Muslims. For instance, a large number of the members of social networking websites are trying to question the basics of Islam and the holy month of Ramadan. I kindly urge the religious leaders to issue Fatwas in order to prohibit youths from utilizing these services.” Ayatollah Seyyed Kazem Nour Mofidi, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, added.
Almost all Ayatollahs and Iranian clergymen have declared that using social networking websites are not against the guidelines of Islam. A large number of Fatwas, religious decisions made by muftis, allow Muslims to use these services.
At this time, Iranian government in cooperation with local Filtering Committee has blocked access to major social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and etc. However, some 6 million people from Iran have registered their own accounts in Facebook.