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Digital Currency Isn’t a “Fictitious Currency,” According to an Islamic Scholar

According to a source, Irshad Ahmad Ijaz, an Islamic scholar or Mufti, recently declared that digital currencies are not counterfeit cash. However, he believes that such a currency may only be justified if certain criteria are met.

According to a report published by Academia, Ijaz made his statements at a conference on cryptocurrencies held in Pakistan — organized by the University of Karachi and the Al-Asr Foundation — and encouraged the Pakistani government to take a role in clearing up the confusion around the use of cryptos.

Meanwhile, another scholar, Ishaq Alam, is quoted in the report as saying that Islamic academics must recognize that the world is transitioning into the digital age, and that new issues would require new answers. According to Alam, knowing this allows researchers to provide suitable advise to digital currency consumers.

Scholars also stressed the need for greater research on the subject of digital currency elsewhere in the paper. As a result, the researchers will ostensibly be able to provide advice to users or holders of digital currencies in the country.

These views, which were mostly stated by Pakistani academics, came after the country’s central bank governor, Reza Baqir, warned in a speech that the risks connected with cryptocurrencies outweigh the benefits. These assets, according to Baqir, also constitute a threat to financial stability.

Despite the governor’s statements, News revealed in late December 2021 that Pakistanis had crypto assets worth more than $20 billion.
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