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Al-Azhar warns against the electronic game “Fortnite”

Egypt-ALSHARQIYA   June 30: Al-Azhar Center for Fatwa warned, in Egypt, on Tuesday, against some electronic games, which it described as "kidnapping the minds of young people", especially the "Fortnite" game.

The center attributed its warning "to the embodiment of the demolition or tampering of the Noble Kaaba, which directly affects our children's beliefs negatively, confuses their concepts and identity, and underestimates their sanctities."

This comes after the company that developed the game "Epic Games", worked to include an update that forces players to enter the Great Mosque of Mecca and kill the worshipers and then demolish the Kaaba to supply weapons from inside, after hitting its walls with an ax or iron hammer to complete the game and enter into advanced stages after implementing the required, according to What was reported by press reports, and tweets circulated on social networking sites.

The center said that this game had earlier also caused incidents of hate, violence, murder and suicide.

Al-Azhar called on families to follow up on their children’s phone applications and not leave them in their hands for long periods, noting that such games distract from their basic tasks of acquiring useful knowledge or work, and lock them up in virtual worlds away from reality, develop violent behavior, and incite them to hate. Harming oneself or others.

This warning about the controversial game is not the first of its kind. In April 2019, the Iraqi parliament decided to ban “violence-inciting” electronic games, including PUBG, Fortnite and Blue Whale games, “because of the negative effects of some electronic games on health, culture and security.” Iraqi society.

The Iraqi parliament's decision was passed unanimously, and local media published a copy of the decision adopted by the Council's Culture and Media Committee.

The Iraqi local press reported on several divorce cases because of these games, which can be played online and contact players from all over the world.

The game is based on being on an island with other players, and the one who survives to the end wins.

And the electronic game Fortnite managed to achieve sales of more than 1.8 billion dollars during 2019, which is 25% less than it was in 2018.

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