Saudi Issues Fatwa Against Building Of Snowmen

So long, snowman
So long, snowman
Saudi Arabians have been ordered to stop building snowmen after a fatwa was declared against the fun activity.
A prominent Saudi cleric described the building of snowmen or snow-animals ‘anti-Islamic’ and a crude imitation of a Western practice.
Many Saudi people, particularly those living in the north of the Muslim country which receives heavy snowfalls, enjoy building snowmen and even snow-camels in the winter.
But now, the cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid, has said: ‘It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.’ Saudi children often make snowmen during the winter months.
Strangely, the cleric said that making snow models of inanimate objects such as houses would be permitted. ‘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 added.
Saudi blogger, Mishaal, said of the ruling: ‘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.’
Other people supported the decision, with one Saudi man writing on Twitter that building snowmen ‘promote lustiness and eroticism’

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