Saudi cleric bans building snowmen

Saudi cleric bans building snowmen

HomeMiddle EastSaudi Arabia Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:48PM–

A Salafi Saudi Arabian cleric has stirred up controversy by issuing a ruling prohibiting the building of snowmen.

Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid made the comments while replying to a question posted on his website.

Al-Munajjid was asked whether fathers were allowed to build snowmen for their kids.

“It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun,” replied the Salafi cleric.

Munajjid said that building snowman was the same as creating an image of a human being, which he says is considered a sin under the kingdom’s interpretation of Islamic law.

The cleric’s ruling provoked rapid responses on social media, with people posting photos of snowmen they built.

For the third year in a row Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk province, near the Jordanian border, has been covered in snow.

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