A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has caused a stir by declaring the building of snowmen as anti-Islamic.
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After a snowstorm hit northern Saudi Arabia this week, a religious website asked Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid if it was acceptable for fathers to build snowmen for their children, Reuters reports.
“It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun,” Sheikh Munajjid said.
Sheikh Munajjid, quoting Muslim scholars, argues that the building of snowmen creates an image of human beings — an action viewed as sinful under Saudi Arabia’s interpretation of Sunni Islam.