Egypt's Islamic edicts authority warns against Islamic State group app for kids

Ahram Online , Monday 16 May 2016

The application reportedly teaches children the Arabic alphabet by giving examples of violence-related objects that stand for each letter

ISIS children
ISIS children (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta, the authority that issues Islamic edicts, warned on Monday against a reported android application that is made by the Islamic State militant group and is geared towards children.

A Dar Al-Ifta statement said the application, named Hurouf (letters), aims to recruit children from an early age. It teaches children the Arabic alphabet and gives examples of violence-related objects or topics that stand for each letter.

Some of the objects used are bullets, rocket, rifle, sword, as well as other things that “symbolise violence, murder and war.”

The application, according to the statement, also has songs with the Islamic State group's black flag in the background and pictures of children wearing black masks, which "set them as examples to be followed."

The statement called on parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children's online activity so they won't be "easy targets" to Islamic State group's "brain washing propaganda."

Ahram Online couldn't independently verify if the application was on the Google Play Store.

Google had previously removed an application in its store by Taliban that promotes its propaganda and videos in the Pashto language.

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