Snow fell in the Middle East this week, and as Saudis were out building snowmen (and camels) in the snow, a Saudi scholar was busy issuing a fatwa against the frosty figures.Mohammed Saleh Al Minjed decreed that building snowmen, or indeed creating any living creature out of snow, was an insult to the Islamic religion. The religious scholar has now issued a ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, and snow animals for being anti-Islamic.
He declared that inanimate objects such as ships and buildings could be imitated – or food – but not animals, for he believes 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.'
A man and his snow camel Photo: Dailymail.co.uk
Blogger Mishaal complained that the ruling took the joy out of the unusual weather.
He said: 'We have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun. It seems that the only thing left for us is to sit down and drink coffee."