Various news sites are reporting a new pronouncement from a Muslim cleric that might be chilling for Muslims who have joined in a common winter practice in neighborhoods around the world. Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid told a follower on a website that snowmen are anti-Islamic and building them is a sin. It appears that sin has come to Saudi Arabia in the form of snow this year falling over upland areas of Tabuk province near Saudi Arabia’s border with Jordan.
When a follower asked about snowmen, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid was firm and clear: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.” Since the snowmen bear resemblance to a human form, the Sunni cleric ruled that they are a sin to make. However, take heart, he pointed out that “God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on.” But God hates snowmen.
While some have ridiculed the statement, others agree that “It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism.” Another stated “May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about.” I just hope that they do not figure out that the letters in Satan can be rearranged to spell Santa.
I can only hope that ISIS is not going to now start beheading Snowmen.
Some Snowmen may indeed be too lifelike: