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Pakistan's Religious Decree: TikTok Declared 'Illegal and Haram' Due to Immoral Content

A fatwa has been issued by the influential Darul Uloom Deoband in Pakistan, declaring TikTok as 'illegal and haram' for Muslims due to the promotion of vulgarity and immoral content. The decree has sparked a debate within the country over the clash between technology and Islamic morals.

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Pakistan's Religious Decree: TikTok Declared 'Illegal and Haram' Due to Immoral Content

In a significant move reflecting a deep-seated societal clash between technology and traditional values, a fatwa has been issued by the influential Darul Uloom Deoband in Pakistan, declaring the use of the popular social media platform TikTok as 'illegal and haram' for Muslims. The decree attributes this ruling to the promotion of vulgarity and immoral content believed to be rampant on the platform.

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Preservation of Islamic Morals versus Digital Freedom

This decree has ignited a fervent debate within Pakistan. Supporters laud the institute's firm stance on safeguarding Islamic morals, while critics question the practicality of implementing such a ruling in today's digital age. The fatwa takes particular issue with the recording and sharing of videos involving women and men, arguing they foster obscenity and nudity, thereby contravening Islamic principles.

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The Role of Religious Scholars and Authorities

Religious scholars in Pakistan have long been advocating for a ban on TikTok, citing its role in spreading immoral behaviour. In response, partial bans have been instituted in the past. Notably, in 2021, the Pakistan Telecom Authority enforced a five-month ban on the platform. More recently, in 2023, a petition was tabled in the Lahore High Court, pushing for a ban on TikTok due to its purported negative influence on the nation's youth.

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TikTok: A Modern Temptation

Jamia Binoria Town, a renowned religious school situated in Karachi, Pakistan, concurs with this assessment, labeling TikTok as a 'modern-day temptation' and a vehicle for the propagation of obscenity. The fatwa castigates the practice of men and women creating videos on the platform, describing it as a fruitless activity leading to societal decay. The platform's inclusion of photos and videos featuring animals is also deemed forbidden under Sharia law. Furthermore, the creation and sharing of explicit videos involving women are underscored as a significant concern.

Despite facing criticism and calls for a worldwide ban, TikTok continues to maintain a substantial user base, achieving over 39 million downloads in Pakistan in 2022 alone. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) lifted its five-month ban in 2021 after TikTok pledged to bolster security measures to curb indecent or immoral content on the platform.

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