Rabat - A prominent Saudi Arabia cleric has whipped up controversy this Friday, by issuing a religious ruling forbidding entertainment and sports journalism.
Rabat – A prominent Saudi Arabia cleric has whipped up controversy this Friday, by issuing a religious ruling forbidding entertainment and sports journalism.
Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for journalists to report on entertainment and sports, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid replied as saying that “it is forbidden because entertainment and sports journalists waste their lives in worldly things with no avail to their religion.”
According to Saudi daily Al Watan newspaper the prominent sheikh argued that entertainment and sports reporters invest their time in what will not avail them in the afterlife.
Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid went on to add that entertainment reporting is more sinful than sports reporting. He pointed out that entertainment journalists spend their lives following artists and dancers, making their sins greater.
Meanwhile, he said that it is permissible to reporters to specialize in military, politics or economics.
This fatwa provoked swift responses from Twitter users writing in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names. Saudi twitter users already lunched a hashtag in Arabic, mocking the fatwa and the prominent sheikh.
“We are longing to see another fatwa that forbids football players to waste their time in games,” a twitter user identified as Abou Adil wrote.
Bandar Sikt, another twitter user said: “Fatwa has become just like Oxygen for them (Saudi clerics)… They cannot breathe without issuing a new fatwa.”
This not the first time Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid issues a controversial fatwa. Earlier this year, he made the headlines worldwide, sparking controversy, after he issued a fatwa forbidding snowmen.
Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid said “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”
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.
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