Perhaps they should all be more careful about responding to their unrelated female followers.
Internet chatting between unrelated men and women is against Islam and forbidden, ruled Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a fatwa, according to Al Arabiya, a Saudi newspaper which monitors the Iranian media.
Nevertheless, a minority of young people in urban areas discreetly live their not much different than their Western counterparts.
“Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” Khamenei answered.
But a religious ruling does not an official ban make.
and the exiled opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran website — not exactly unbiased sources on Iranian affairs — say he has.
The “ban” is sourced to a response the religious leader gave to a question submitted to his website by a conflicted follower.
Fatwas, or religious opinions disseminated by clerics, are not binding.
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If Iran’s leadership were serious about stopping potentially licentious chatting, they would do something more draconian, like banning the technology that makes it possible.
Oh wait, they already did: We Chat, a popular smartphone chatting app was blocked last month, the latest in a long list of social media tools, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, that Iranians are unable to access without the use of proxy servers. Khamenei, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his voluble Foreign Minster Javad Zarif are active Twitter and Facebook users.
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