AN IRANIAN version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been banned under Islamic Law.
Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi issued a fatwa against the popular show called Barandeh Bash in Iran citing that it is a form of gambling which is banned under Islam.
The show had been shown on state TV and the ruling will also cover all other programmes which offer cash prizes to contestants and viewers.
Makarem-Shirazi said it was a form of “gambling” and called the shows “games of chance” noting that they were forbidden.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, previously warned game shows endangered the “culture of hard work and productivity.”
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A fatwa is an interpretation of Islamic law.
In response to the ruling the show said “the assumptions presented in the question for the fatwa were wrong.”
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