Two Turkish imams were spotted buying cryptocurrencies. The religious authorities decided to fire them as bitcoin is seen as something not compatible with the principles of Islam.

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) accused two imams in Turkey of buying cryptocurrencies, the local newspaper Hurriyet reports. After an investigation, the religious authority decided to fire both of them. However, the two, Mecit Kırımlı and Satılmış Bayram, do not admit their guilt.

Mekit claims that he never invested in bitcoin, but he did, according to Hurriyet, "invest in blockchain," calling it "a legitimate investment system." It is not mentioned what project or platform he invested in.

As for Satılmış, he claims that he does not know what bitcoin is, but his wife may have sold some jewelry under the influence of her father-in-law.

It is not clear, however, why he is talking about his wife and whether he admits that she could buy cryptocurrency for jewelry.

Both imams, as Hurriyet writes, have already protested their dismissal.

The article claims that they were dismissed because investments in bitcoin, according to the Directorate for Religious Affairs, are considered "unacceptable."

Earlier, the Directorate announced that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies "are not compatible with Islam," since they can be used for illegal activities.

“Buying and selling virtual currencies is not compatible with religion at this time because of the fact that their valuation is open to speculation, they can be easily used in illegal activities like money laundering, and they are not under the state’s audit and surveillance,” Diyanet said in November 2017.