Cairo: With thousands of Egyptians choosing Quranic verses as their mobile ringtones, the Grand Mufti of Egypt has condemned the practice terming it as "improper" as it compromises the sacredness of the religious scriptures.
"Using the Quran as ringtones is improper because it compromises the sacredness of the verse," said Sheikh Ali Jumah, the Grand Mufti of Egypt and one of the world's most respectable Muslim scholars.
There are more than 40 million mobile phone subscribers among the 80 million Egyptians.
Quranic verses are used as ringtones by young Egyptians as a declaration of their Islamic identity and by the old Egyptians as a respectful tone far from pop songs.
The other expected reaction on the issue is by a cultural elite who believe he should be issuing religious points of view on more important topics such as corruption or embezzlement.
But for the time being those who are really worried about how many will buy into the fatwa are those making millions of pounds from selling ring tones to devoted Muslims.
First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 13:00