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Muslim cleric condemns building snowmen, calls it 'anti-Islamic', 'sinful'
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/12/us-odd-saudi-snow-idUSKBN0KL15N20150112


(Reuters) - A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.

Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: "It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun."

Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid 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.

"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 wrote in his ruling.

That provoked swift responses from Twitter users writing in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names.

"They are afraid for their faith of everything ... sick minds," one Twitter user wrote.

Another posted a photo of a man in formal Arab garb holding the arm of a "snow bride" wearing a bra and lipstick. "The reason for the ban is fear of sedition," he wrote.

A third said the country was plagued by two types of people:

"A people looking for a fatwa (religious ruling) for everything in their lives, and a cleric who wants to interfere in everything in the lives of others through a fatwa," the user wrote.

Sheikh Munajjid had some supporters, however. "It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism," one wrote.

"May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."

Snow has covered upland areas of Tabuk province near Saudi Arabia's border with Jordan for the third consecutive year as cold weather swept across the Middle East.



Some religious people make me smh x 1000

Also, $20 says he doesn't condemn jihadism ( and yet, he condemns building snowmen) SMH
Posted 1/13/15
"May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."

^ lol, i don't think that was a supporter
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Here's the line that makes super amounts of sense: "It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism" Really? I'm not sure about you, but snowmen don't really do it for me. Or snow ladies. Just...weird.

That said, if their faith is anti images of people, including artwork, statues, etc - then this is consistent with that. Weird to me, as I don't see it as sinful or evil, but it is consistent with that view point.
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Wahhabi Islam is way too strict even for some Muslims.
They have destroyed several important Islamic sites because they beleived it was leading people to idolatry.
Some of the higher clerics have even called for the destruction of Mohammed's tomb and several holy sites in Mecca.

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/sep/16/news/adfg-mecca16
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/15/15
i guess they don't wanna build a snowman
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/13/15
Well, after the dangers exposed in "Frozen" and "The Snowman" who can blame him?
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Sometimes i can't summarize in words how I feel about things like this…
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I was going to comment, but I just couldn't think of anything more asinine or ridiculous than the cleric's original anti-snowman decree. Honestly, after reading that, what's left to say?

*I suppose, however, that the kid could add a stick for a tail and call it a snow monkey. . .
Posted 1/14/15 , edited 1/15/15
I feel like he's got a pea for a brain, and what's worse are people who are willing to follow him. disgusting.

Posted 1/14/15
i wonder if snow angels are ok?

oh well another thing to jihad against
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I bet this would drive him insane then-

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