Saudi cleric nixes selfies with cats
More than a year after a Muslim cleric debunked Nicholas Copernicus’ heliocentric theory, another cleric in Saudi Arabia drew flak for his controversial remarks.
In a television guesting aired in the Kingdom and posted by the Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute, Saleh bin Fawzan al-Fawzan, a well-known cleric who is a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, decreed that taking selfies with cats and other animals was “outlawed.”
A video clip of the interview showed Farwan taking time to digest and comprehend the question asked by a media correspondent about the “new Western trend” of taking selfies with cats.
“The cats don’t matter here,” he replied. “Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity, not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.”
In 2015, cleric Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari voiced out in a university lecture in the United Arab Emirates that the sun revolves around the “stationary” Earth, adding that “modern theories” must not be believed by his followers.
Also early this year, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, issued a ban on playing chess in the Kingdom, calling the game a “waste of time” and “cause of hatred and enmity among players.” Gianna Francesca Catolico
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