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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

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

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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Musthafa 9 years ago

Men like this should be kicked from behind. Manipulating citizens with propogandas. Let this 'superman' really go and hunt down some drunkards from the gym.

Giles Nixon 9 years ago

Sadly the man is a fool. His view is shared by a few Bedu and that's about it. he is a frustrated old fool.

gordon 9 years ago

there must be a hidden agenda.

Savio 9 years ago

lol Musthafa!! "Superman hunting drunks in the gym"

Kat 9 years ago

It's amazing what people will come out with when they think they have a captive audience. While I appreciate he needs to provide his views - they would be better put to use in moderating a calm situation - not fanning the flames of dissent, which I believe is against the religion according to a 48-page Fatwa.

Dermot 9 years ago

All professionally run gyms will not allow anyone to enter or use their equipment while under the influence of alcohol.
I am sorry to say that Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili views and thoughts are very closed minded. and would be a very bad step backwards for a beautiful country like Oman.


Ahmed 9 years ago

These are two different topics;
one about gyms
and the other about alcohol.

I second his views about alcohol.

In my opinion, alcohol is similar to drug, and victims of alcohol and alcohol related accidents are staggering.

As for gyms, I have no idea about their status in Oman, but I have seen many gyms acting as a hub for banned drug.

However, that is no reason for abolishing them, but it will save many youth to monitor suspected gyms.

Michael Farley 9 years ago

My views on alcohol are the same with most habits in small doses it can be harmless(excluding drugs) and many accidents caused by mobiles are blamed on alcohol. Gyms i cannot comment as i dont use them.
But what about mosques - some of them are supporters of terrorists, again not all but a few, so should everybody be punished for the failings of a few.

Suhair Rehman 9 years ago

Surprisingly Many Crackdowns of some gyms in the GCC have led to discovery of Drug abuse and usage of illegal substances amongst the youth, generally some of these are just illegal workout enhancers and he may not be wrong if hes asking to watch these fitness centers closely and keep them in monitored surveillance but hes wrong if he's just frustrated enough on banning them!

fifi 9 years ago

Alcohol is bad as are gyms, especially for women who can then expose their bodies, willingly, to the view of men. Women can be very provocative, Men know. Be careful male gender, the other gender thinks they are superior...!