Fatwah on Millionaire

The popular television show 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' has had a Fatwah issued on it. The Supreme Mufti of Egypt issued the decree after deciding the show was a form of gambling.

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By  Adam Bennett Published  July 6, 2001

The Egyptian version of Who wants to be a Millionaire has attracted a fatwah from Egypt's highest religeous authority.

The Supreme Mufti issued the fatwa from Cairo, calling the show, which is known as Who will Win a Million? in Egypt, sinful and a form of gambling. The religious edict quotes from a verse in the Holy Koran which calls on all Muslims to avoid gambling as an abomination and Satan's handiwork.

A spokeswoman for Celedor, the programme's creators, said that the show wasn't gambling as contestants have to use skill to compete. "We regard the initial telephone call charges as an entrance fee and then the contestants must use their knowledge to win the prize," she said.

MBC, who produce the show for Egyptian television, would only say that they will be issuing a press release on the matter next week.

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