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Saudi cleric issues fatwa against Candy Crush level 147

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Saudi cleric issues fatwa against Candy Crush level 147

Firebrand says level’s “satanic trickery” will bring about immorality

RIYADH: A firebrand Saudi cleric has issued a religious edict against the 147th level of popular mobile game Candy Crush, according to local press yesterday.

In a broadcast on al-Atheer, a Quranic TV station in the kingdom, the radical cleric, Saleh al-Hemzy, is reported as saying that “attempting this fiendishly difficult piece of satanic trickery will bring about immorality in the society”.

If true, this won’t be the first time al-Hemzy has made the news for his peculiar decrees. Over the past two decades he has issued fatwas against The Water Temple level from Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, MarioKart’s Rainbow Road, the Nemesis boss from Resident Evil 3, and “every single bit” of Dark Souls. Last year he was praised by Saudi gamers for declaring Angry Birds Star Wars Hoth level 3-25 “haram”.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    June 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I think we will always have this problem, the solution for that might be al Hemzy is involved int eh design of these controversial levels, and to be part of the trialing sample before broadcasting the games.

  2. Abdullah Shamama

    June 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

    How is this possible?! A cleric cannot randomly issue a fatwa on a mobile game!

    • Abdul Ramen, the Japanese Arab

      June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

      well, you better believe it, Abdullah, my friend!
      Clealy al-Hemzy has been given the required divine instruction in his exalted postion to excute such a Fatwa.
      i beleive that the next gaming icon to receive comment will be the persecution of the Pac-Man ghosts. Afterall, they are targeted for genocide, yet display a truly divine sense of modesty with their dress sense.

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