Men-women online chatting ban taken out of context: Dar Al-Ifta

Fatwa, posted 8.31.2014, from Egypt
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Men-women online chatting ban taken out of context: Dar Al-Ifta
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Al Ahram
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Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta has clarified its recent edict banning online chats between men and women, arguing that the ruling has been unjustifiably generalised.

On Saturday the authority – the country's highest for issuing religious edicts – said that online chats between men and women who are "foreign to each other" are prohibited except in "cases of necessity".

The edict said that online chats between men and women are "frivolous, evil and open the door for the devil".

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