Gyms are 'dens of vice', says Oman’s Grand Mufti

Sultanate’s chief cleric demands ban on alcohol and crackdown on gyms and health centres
Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili condemned gyms and health clubs as "dens of vice" that should be abolished or closely watched to prevent abuse
By Joanne Bladd
Wed 16 Mar 2011 03:38 PM

Oman’s Grand Mufti has urged the government to ban alcohol and crackdown on gyms and health clubs in the Gulf sultanate.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili said in comments aired on state television Tuesday that “drunk people are unproductive people who sink into vice,” newswire AP said.

Al-Khalili is the highest religious authority in the Gulf state, which has been rocked by protests in recent weeks by activists demanding higher wages and an elected parliament.  

The chief cleric said it is not in the interest of the country's leader to ruler a "drunken people" but a "rational people."

Al-Khalili also condemned gyms and health clubs as "dens of vice" that should be abolished or closely watched to prevent abuse, AP said.

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