All-you-can-eat buffets banned by Saudi cleric’s fatwa

Gulf kingdom’s Saleh Al Fawzan makes anti-buffet proclamation on Islamic TV station

(Photo for illustrative purpose only) (Getty Images)

(Photo for illustrative purpose only) (Getty Images)

An Islamic cleric in Saudi Arabia has made a religious ruling prohibiting Muslims from indulging in all-you-can-eat buffets, it was reported, prompting ridicule on social media.

During a broadcast on Quranic TV network Al Atheer, Saleh Al Fawzan issued the fatwa, claiming that such activities were in breach of Islamic law.

"Whoever enters the buffet and eats for SAR10 or SAR50 without deciding the quantity they will eat is violating Sharia law," Al Fawzan said, according to Al Arabiya.

The report did not include any further details on the reasoning behind the religious edict.

The ruling resulted in a number of humorous responses on the Twitter social media website.

“I gather that marrying nine [year] olds [is] halal but sadly buffet meal is haram,” wrote one user, Bee Nish.

“In defiance of the Fatwa... my wife & I head to the breakfast buffet,” said user MooreLiberty.

"I wish one day some sane scholar will issue a fatwa against stupidity,” added another, Omair Aslam.

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