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  • The Scriptorium

    1/12/2015

    Snowmen deemed Un-Islamic

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:15 am

    Isn’t just about everything un-Islamic. Women driving is un-Islamic, women walking beside a man instead of 10 paces behind him is un-Islamic, women showing any part of themselves is un-Islamic. Of course it’s going to be un-Islamic to roll up three balls of snow and place them one on top of the other. One Cleric, Sheikh Munajjid, said making a snowman was like making a statue of a human image which is sinful. Where did he see these sinful humans that are made of 3 balls, a carrot and some coal? What planet do these nutjobs live on that humans look like that? There’s no understanding the Islamic faith, unless you still live in the 9th century.

    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.

    So it’s sinful because it makes Arab men feel lustful and erotic when they see a snowman? I think the problem is with the Arab man who is getting hot over a pile of snow, not the snowmen. What a sick religion.


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