Sun, Jan 23, 2011 | The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
Religious Ruling Bans Use of “Islamic” Mobile Phones in Bathrooms
Top conservative cleric Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani has recently ruled that religious law forbids the use of mobile phones containing Islamic contents in bathrooms. ISNA News Agency reported this week that, when asked to provide a religious ruling on the use of mobile phones containing verses from the Quran and the names of God in bathrooms, Sobhani replied that, if such a phone was found in an unclean place, it had to be taken out of there as soon as possible and not used as long as it was in the unclean place, unless the Islamic contents were removed (ISNA, January 16).
The need for the ruling arose due to the recent introduction of “Islamic mobile phones” in Iran. They include such integrated Islamic features as digital versions of the Quran and commentaries, literature pertaining to Islamic religious law, translations of Quranic verses to various languages, prayer directions and updates on prayer times in various locations across the globe, as well as live videos of prayers from mosques.