A senior Saudi cleric’s fight against apostasy has gotten cold. Real cold.
Mohammad Saleh Al Minjed issued a religious opinion banning the building of snowmen after a rare snowstorm hit the northern part of the typically hot country this week.
Muslims are “not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun,” he said after being asked the question on a religious website, according to news reports.
“God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on,” he wrote,according to Gulf News.
Al Minjed said that building a snowman is “to create an image of a human being,” which is considered a sin under the Saudi interpretation of Sunni Islam.
The ruling started a heated debate online.
“It has no value in our traditions, and those who are fascinated by the West should emulate their inventions and sciences, not their culture,” a blogger who supported the decision wrote, according to Albawaba.com.
“We have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun,” a blogger who disagreed with the ruling wrote, according to Gulf News. “It seems that the only thing left for us is to sit down and drink coffee.”
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