Egyptian Islamic authority warns against ‘ISIS children’s app’

A screen grab of a video that was released by ISIS showing children being trained to fight. (Screenshot)

A leading Islamic authority in Egypt has warned against a smartphone app for children that was allegedly made by ISIS, local daily al-Ahram reported on Monday.

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta edicts authority said in a statement that an Android application called ‘Hurouf’ – meaning ‘letters of the alphabet’ in Arabic – was to recruit children to join ISIS.

The application, which teaches children the Arabic alphabet, gives examples of violence-related subjects for each letter.

According to the report, the objects that are featured in the app include bullets, rockets, rifle, sword, - as well as other subjects that ‘symbolize violence, murder and war.’

The Islamic authority also stated that the application features songs with the ISIS flag and pictures of children wearing black masks.

The authority added that parents should monitor their children’s online activity so that they will not be targeted by what they called the ‘brain washing propaganda’ of ISIS.

On Tuesday, the app could not be found on Google’s Play store.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47