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S’No Men – Ban in Saudi Arabia

S’No Men – Ban in Saudi Arabia

by January 14, 2015 0 comments

Saudi Arabian cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Salehal-Munajjid, has put a ban on building snow men, for those in the highland areas of Tabuk province after pictures of peoples’ snow creations began appearing on social media.

Yeah, there’s snow in Saudi Arabia, I bet you feel ignorant. Don’t worry, I did too.

The ban isn’t absolutely out of nowhere insanity. Though it is a little silly, the ban is put in place because Munajjid says that Islamic teachings strictly prohibit building statues of anything with a “soul” even if it is out of fun. The ban includes gingerbread men and other confectionaries. He says that the practice imitates infidels, but look at this cute picture:

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Or this one:

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Not all snow sculptures have been banned, fruits, objects, shapes, etc. are acceptable, but not animals nor people. However, Manajjid says if there is no decipherable human features on the “shapes” that, that is acceptable. He claims that building human models promotes sexuality and eroticism.

You know, those sexy snowpeople…and we’re not talking Scandinavians.

Islam is not the only religion in which replicating the human figure is a taboo, idolatry is banned in numerous situations.

But who would pray to Frosty’s stupid face?


[Via Washington Post]

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