Tizzy Tuesday: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Let Me Ask the Imam First.
A fatwa, y’all! A religious ruling, but not universally binding on all Muslims.
Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”
That someone feels the need to ask for clerical input for an activity such as building a snowman boggles the mind.
Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.
It is not only the Prophet’s image that is not allowed to be recreated in any way, shape, or form; it applies to all human beings. Since that is the case, many things should be banned. Portraits, of course, are out. Statues, movies (particularly historical documentaries) and anything like that should all be banned.
Not all Muslim countries follow this edict, of course.