Dubai, Jan 13: A new controversy hit Saudi Arabia. Now, a Muslim cleric declared snowmen anti-Islamic. The cleric has forbidden the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic.
A religious website recently asked a question as whether is it permissible for fathers to build statues out of snow for their children. Replying to the question, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid said, "It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun."
Sheikh Munajjid also quoted many Muslim scholars and 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.
In his ruling, he said, "God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on."
Following his statement, many reacted strongly on micro-blogging site Twitter. Here are a few reactions of the twitteratti:
Europe just had a terror attack and Saudi, the pinnacle of the Islamic world just issued a fatwa, against snowmen. God help us.— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) January 12, 2015
Quick reminder: Saudi cleric who said making snowmen is haram is the same guy who called for killing Mickey Mouse.— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) January 12, 2015