Saudi Cleric Condemns Snowman-Building as Anti-Islamic +PHOTO

Saudi Cleric Condemns Snowman-Building as Anti-Islamic +PHOTO
Tue Jan 13, 2015 09:14:54

People in Saudi Arabia - the second hottest country in the world - have recently had a chance for some fun, building snowmen following snowstorms that have hit the country. However, the hilarity has been proclaimed sinful by a Saudi scholar.

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

"It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun," a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid wrote on a religious website, as quoted by Reuters.

Saudis eagerly building snowmen and even snow camels


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.