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Saudi Muslim Cleric Forbids Snowmen

Saudi Arabia comes pretty close to being one of the most authoritarian and oppressive countries on the planet. Their enforced fundamentalist version of Islam has produced a long list of actions that much of the rest of the world finds unreasonable. Some of them such as prohibiting women from driving and giving a blogger 50 lashes for criticizing the government conflict with prevailing standards of human rights. Others just seem so irrational as to be laughable. Here's one that falls in the latter category.

Saudi cleric issues fatwa on snowmen  

A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edictforbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.

Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”

Quoting from Muslim scholars, Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

I am by no means an expert on Islamic theology, but my impression is that there is by no means a consensus among the various branches of Islam that would support this position.


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