Cyber chatting against Islam, says Malaysian preacher

February 8th, 2011 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 8 (IANS) Cyber chatting is against Islam, a Muslim preacher in Malaysia has said. Preacher and motivational speaker Mohammed Zawawi Yusoh told Harian Metro newspaper that people who engage in chats even on cyberspace were “vulnerable to temptation”.

It is akin to committing ‘khalwat’ (close proximity), which is an offence under the Islamic jurisprudence.

Khalwat and other offences under the Islamic law are enforced on the majority population with the help of vigilantes from religious affairs department. Malaysia is an Islamic nation.

They carry out raids, either on their own or on a tip off from family members of the likely offenders or from members of public.

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