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A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has caused a stir by declaring the building of snowmen as anti-Islamic.
After a snowstorm hit northern Saudi Arabia this week, a religious website asked Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid if it was acceptable for fathers to build snowmen for their children, Reuters reports.
"It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun," Sheikh Munajjid said.
Sheikh Munajjid, quoting Muslim scholars, argues that the building of snowmen creates an image of human beings -- an action viewed as sinful under Saudi Arabia’s interpretation of Sunni Islam.
The decree drew mixed responses on Twitter, where users were posting in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names.
"They are afraid for their faith of everything ... sick minds," one user wrote.
"It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism," another user wrote. "May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."
originally posted by: Atzil321
Our greatest middle east allies Saudi Arabia.... Where women are treated like animals. Girls are routinely raped by clerics with impunity. People are stoned, beheaded or flogged to death for the slightest resistance to religious tyranny.
Do you expect anything less absurd from such a cesspool of evil, madness and hatred?
"May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
LOL....building snowmen imitates infidels and promotes lustiness and eroticism....can't recall the last time I was aroused by a snowman in a yard, but I guess if you have some sort of repressed sexual drive from your religion then a snowman could somehow be misconstrued as erotic or lustful?
originally posted by: and14263
I was honestly expecting your source to be a link to The Daily Mail, The Sun or maybe RT... but Reuters! This cleric has actually said Snowmen are snow joke... how sad that one man (whatever faith) wants to control family fun.
originally posted by: jaynkeel
Just another reason why these religions are dumb. Go ahead swear allegiance to them, and lose your right to live and be free. I truly hate these people and what they do to others by restricting others from having some fun? I just will never understand it. Outlaw all religion in the name of peace in my opinion, otherwise it's just another tool for people to use against others to keep them down and control them.
originally posted by: CJCrawley
Seems an odd thing to say, being that the average temperature over there is hot enough to melt lead.
You've got a snowman in Saudi Arabia's chance of committing that infraction.
Actually, I think a lot of the craziness in the ME is caused by too much hot sun on the head.
Has this ever been researched?
Temperatures have now returned to more typical values across the region, but the snow stayed long enough for the shepherds to build a snow man.