Even religion, with its strong ties to tradition, cannot escape technological innovation and the latest example comes with a reimagination of the fatwa service in Dubai. Recently, the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) launched an AI-powered platform that is considered to be a world-first. Dubbed 'Virtual Ifta,' the platform is the first digital fatwa service, with the capacity to "answer over 200 questions on Muslim prayer." Individuals who wish to access this platform can do so live through internet chat.
The digital fatwa service was showcased at The Boulevard, Emirates Towers during a three-day exhibition. Virtual Ifta was set up for attendees to experience, while the event also narrated the evolution of issuing fatwas — "from face-to-face meetings to writings, phone, video conferencing, email, website, and now AI."
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