A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric declared the construction of snowmen as anti-Islamic after a snowstorm hit parts of northern Saudi Arabia this week.
Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid, a leading Sunni scholar, issued his fatwa, or religious teaching, saying it was unacceptable to build snowmen after people asked on a website.
He quoted Muslim scholars by arguing that building snowmen attempts to recreate the image of human being, a sinful act according to the Saudi Arabian interpretation of Sunni Islam teachings.
While the fatwa drew backlash on social media, not all Saudi Muslims are required to follow Munajjid's teaching. This fatwa is not an official part of Saudi law, meaning many Muslims in Saudi Arabia can build snowmen if they so choose.
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