Saudi cleric says Islam forbids folk being pictured with cats

Saudi cleric says Islam forbids folk being pictured with cats May 26, 2016

The delightful picture above accompanies an article in the Daily Sabah about the ‘peaceful cohabition’ between worshippers and cats in an Istanbul mosque.
But please don’t let Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, see it.
He’d have kittens!
For, according to this report, the prominent cleric insists that photographs of people with cats and other animals are “prohibited”.
In  a televised broadcast, Al-Fazwan was told that:

A new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners.

He replied:

What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here. Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity. Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.

Footage of the televised broadcast was published on YouTube on April 17 and translated here by the Middle East Media Research Institute monitoring group.
Under the country’s strict, ultraconservative brand of Islam, known as Wahhabism, many things that are normal in Western daily life are outlawed. In January, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti allegedly ruled that chess is forbidden in the kingdom as it encourages gambling. Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said that chess was:

A waste of time and money and a cause for hatred and enmity between players.

Another game to be banned in the country is the Pokemon franchise, with the grand mufti saying that it promoted other religions, such as Christianity or Judaism because of the crosses or the Jewish Star of David that were displayed on the cards.
Hat tip: Peter Sykes

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  • barriejohn

    Proof that cats have been sent by the devil to persecute believers:

  • barriejohn

    PS Didn’t Mohammed love pussy?

  • christine carol myers

    Saudi cleric – make it up as they go along.
    Camera’s were not round at the birth of Islam, cats have
    been around for centuries. Let people be.

  • Laura Roberts

    @barriejohn: great video — underscores just how absurd religious practices are when set in any other context.
    And yes, let the pussy jokes begin!

  • AgentCormac

    Don’t they just love banning things! It’s Orwellian in its pernicious limiting of human activity and thought. When was the last time you heard these people expressing a desire for everyone to love life and lead a happy, fulfilled existence? That’s right, never.

  • Grand Tufty Squirrel

    I think the grand mufty should do the right thing and declare that it is haram and punishable by death to take a dump.
    His followers will then be just like he … FULL OF SHIT.

  • L.Long

    berrie remember Mo loved young pussy so he actually like kittens not cats…cats are too old!

  • Barry Duke

    Minutes after posting this piece this morning I took my two dogs out for their morning walk. The lift stopped at halfway down from the 31st floor, and when the the doors opened a Muslim wearing an enormous beard and and a full-length nightie – otherwise known as a djellaba – took one look at my pooches and spat “sucio, sucio!” (“dirty” in Spanish) and refused to enter the lift. I retorted “gilipollas” (“wanker”) as the doors shut.

  • Stuart H.

    He’d have a fit if he ever went to Jerusalem!
    Some years back, I was taken into the underground section on the Jewish side of the Wailing Wall – as close to the original ‘Holy of Holies’ temple as you can get these days. My strongest memory is of loads of wild cats wandering around amongst all the guys praying away.
    I found it funny that cats, apparently, were not considered sacrilegious by Orthodox Jews but women weren’t allowed within several hundred metres of the place.

  • Daz

    “Due to complicated mechanisms in belief, it seems to the Nugganites that Nuggan sets a new Abomination every few days. And so therefore he does. The Book of Nuggan (holy text of the Nugganites) is published in a large ring-binder, so that new Abominations can be appended as they are set forth by Nuggan. The Nugganites call it a living testament, a holy book that truly grows.”
    [Discworld & Terry Pratchett wiki]

    And yes, one of Nuggan’s abominations: cats.
    (Barry, howcome blockquotes don’t work on here?)

  • As always, for “strict, ultraconservative brand of Islam” read ‘traditional, Quran-compliant Islam as practiced by the majority for centuries.’ It isn’t a distortion of Islam, it is Islam.
    “Taking pictures is prohibited” he said, while enjoying having his picture taken.
    If it weren’t for all the oppression, madness, evil, dismemberment, mutilation, war, murder and base fostering of stupidity and ignorance, Islam could be a laugh.

  • Alfafan

    Is that an over-sized chair or an undersized cleric?

  • Daz

    Trevor Blake
    Which of these is the “traditional, Quran-compliant Islam as practised by the majority for centuries”?

  • barriejohn

    When I was with the Brethren (sorry if I’m beginning to sound like a well-loved and much-missed sitcom character now), I was warned, being a cat lover, that a pet could easily displace “The Lord” in my affections (I’m not making it up!). Considering the fact that I was single, without the conflicting demands of wife and children upon my emotions, I thought that was a bit rich, but knew better than to argue. The religious really do want to ban everything, as a demonstration of their control over every aspect of their followers’ lives. This writer hasn’t got it in for cats, but dogs, and I’ve even heard this sort of thing before, unbelievable as it may seem:
    Dog breeders have a spiritually worthless job that will receive no spiritual rewards. ‘Each person’s work will be revealed. Judgement Day will declare it because it is revealed by fire and the fire itself will test each person’s work. If anyone’s work remains, they will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, they will suffer loss but they will be saved but as through fire’ (1 Corinthians 3:13 to 15). For our work to be accepted by the Lord, it must involve obedience to God and line up with the Bible. For Christians to say, “But we breed dogs,” shows they are embarking on unnecessary works that do not increase the Kingdom of God. Dog breeding is one work we can be sure will be burned up. Why breed more dogs when there are millions of them already and many are unwanted? Hundreds of dogs are dumped every year to be either destroyed or they become wild and feral. Asian nations have the right idea – they breed dogs for food to feed hungry families.

  • L.Long

    Now that I think on all the BS I’ve heard from various xtian dimwits, I can see where they say that crap of all sorts will interfere with your relationship with jesus. So indirectly everything is not allowed by xtians too. Man I use to kid religious nitwits that they are just terrified of living!! I was more right than I thought!

  • AgentCormac

    @Barry Duke
    Thank goodness you didn’t have to spend a 31-storey descent in a confined space with a religious nutter. Who knows, by the time you got to the ground floor all that might have been left could have been a few tattered bits of beard and two rather over-stuffed dogs. Burp!

  • Lucy1

    Ok. Read ‘Monstrous Regiment’ Terry Pratchett. See how the god Nuggan invents thing to be ‘abominations’. Life imitating art.

  • Angela_K

    Barriejohn. Displace “The Lord”? Would that be the “Ruler of the Universe” [a rather reluctant ruler] who has a Cat called “The Lord”as in the Hitch-hiker’s guide to the Galaxy?

  • Robster

    Silly old fellow who’d look more at home serving pizzas offering thoughts on the morality of being photographed with various domestic animals is a bit of a giggle. The batshit mad mullah needs Angry Birds, fast!

  • barriejohn

    I’ve solved the mystery of that strange chair:
    He’s not smiling as Muslims are not allowed to have fun.
    (Maybe he’s about to be blasted off by the power of his own farts.)
    Angela: No – the “real” Lord, though when I was oop North it amused me to know that they loved “The Lard”!
    “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” (Christopher Hitchens)

  • Peter Sykes

    “The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…” – Albert Schweitzer
    “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman
    “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” – Charles Dickens

  • barriejohn

    Cats have been known to pray, but their interests tend to be somewhat egocentric:

  • Happy as an atheist … Very happy

    I hope the imams muftis and other assorted mirthless cretins of jihad pile on more and more outrageous prohibitions so that life as a muslim is a guilt ridden totally joyless, unfulfilling, meaningless penance. Maybe then the masses will start to see that rejection of islam is the only way to get some happiness.

  • barriejohn

    …a guilt ridden totally joyless, unfulfilling, meaningless penance.
    Spot on, although you describe perfectly my former existence as a Christian. At heart, they’re all the same. It was sheer hell, and the liberation that I felt when I broke free was almost palpable.