"Egyptian cleric condemns prayer ringtone" by Associated Press | January 22, 2010
CAIRO - Egypt’s top cleric wants Muslims to answer the call to prayer, but not when its ringing on their cellphones.
Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa issued a fatwa, or a religious edict, Wednesday urging Muslims to do away with a fad - Koranic verses or the five daily calls to prayer as ringtones. The government-appointed cleric says such ringtones are inappropriate, misleading, and demeaning to God’s words. “God’s words are sacred. . . . He ordered us to respect them and glorify them,’’ Gomaa said.
Muslims are required to pray five times a day, and the time for this is announced solely with calls to prayers from mosques, Gomaa said. “Using it as a ringtone is confusing and misleading,’’ he added.
And they still have time to be insirgents and wage terrorism. Imagine that.
Edicts, or fatwas, serve as advice for the pious. Gomaa’s edict, published on the official website of Dar al-Iftah, one of Sunni Islam’s earliest institutions for interpreting religion, is not binding.
Islamic ringtones are ubiquitous in this country of 80 million. They are also making the rounds in Baghdad, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank, and to a lesser degree, multisectarian Lebanon.
So why choose this lone article then, Glob?
Egypt dragging its feet on cooperation with Israel or what?
Otherwise, why the shallow s*** stories lately?
Just another PoS filling up space, huh?