Saudi-based preacher Wajdi Akkari says emojis should be forbidden under Islam and warned Muslims not to use them on messaging apps because they are 'blasphemous'.
According to a video by MEMRI, Akkari says, “You have to be selective in these emojis. Not everything is halal to share.”
Akkari claimed that the angelic halo emoticon is too close to Christianity.
He added, “The face with the halo - when someone wants to share their innocence or say: "I'm a good boy," they send that yellow smiley face with a halo. No! That halo representts, in Christianity, an angelic type of character. It is supposed to be for the angels. That means that it is a concept of "I am good as an angel." In Islam... Do we believe that angels in Islam are like the angels in Christianity, which we have seen in their idols and statues? Absolutely not. So you cannot be sending the one with the halo, let alone any one with the devil.”
Devils too, are off limits.
“There are many [emoticons] that are devilish - the red devil and stuff like that. We don't know what Satan and the devil look like. Therefore, we are not allowed to draw him. Some people make videos, or different things, trying to symbolize or materialize the appearance of the devil,” he said.
He closed his speech by saying that social media and text-based apps include pig emoticons, which are obviously not halal.