IRAN ISSUES FATWA ON MEN TALKING TO WOMEN ONLINE – Chatting with the opposite sex, outside that of family members, is according to the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immortal and therefore he has issued a fatwa declaring the act illegal.
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Meebal.com Reader says …
If you’re single and looking for love in Iran the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just made your plight even more difficult.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei feels that such a practice is immoral and needs stamping out as the growth of chat apps and online dating sites have become widespread in Iran.
A few days prior to the fatwa being published the Iranian authorities took measures to block Wechat, a similar app to that of Whatsapp, who reported having more than 100 million users.
How should such an act from a religious leader, backed up by the Government, be viewed?
Should we condemn this as an act of oppression or accept that the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian Government have a right to impose whatever laws, religious or otherwise, they see fit on their citizens?
Yes it certainly appears oppressive but the Islamic religion no more decapitates the rights of its followers any more than the Catholic Church does with its followers.
Indoctrination, regardless to what format it takes, is oppressive unless of course you agree with the ideologies of the regime which then takes on the persona of social cohesion.
I doubt anyone in the western hemisphere will view this latest move as anything less than draconian oppression but such a move remains the right of the Iranian Government that are supported by the public.
There is a darker side to this particular issue and one pointed out above; that being whether such a move is supported by the public.
According to insiders many Iranians circumvent the ban on using social networks and chat apps by using proxy servers; some have reported that the Government’s ban on their use is not so much related to the fear of such social sites but rather to the vast numbers of its people wanting and indeed using them.
As we look back in time we have clear evidence that social networks have, and continue to do so, play a large role in public uprisings; such was evident during the riots last year in Egypt when vast numbers of Egyptians took to Facebook and Twitter and called for worldwide support to their cause.
If you want to control the masses, and this appears to be the case with Iran, then you have to silence them and by banning chat apps and social media this is one step towards keeping full control; or at least that’s how it will appear to those running the regime.