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Saudi's Grand Mufti vents against horse statues

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh orders demolition of 'sinful' statues on Jazan roundabout

Saudi's Grand Mufti vents against horse statues
Saudis Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has ordered “sinful” statues depicting horses to be demolished from the centre of a roundabout in the kingdom’s far southwest.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the kingdom’s top cleric, ordered the governor of Jazan, a coastal city, to smash the statues because they are forbidden in Islam.

“The sculptures [must] be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under Sharia (Islamic law)," a letter from the Sheikh said, according to local Arabic media.

Artworks depicting people and animals is prohibited under Islam, which considers it a form of idolatry. The religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.

Mohammed 6 years ago

Yes, its forbidden in ones religion.

Why is this in the news though?

Omar 6 years ago

I think this is a reasonable pronouncement, in fact more reasonable than his pronouncement that women driving cars is a sin!

Despite this I think that there are more impactful and pressing matters in the Islamic world than statues of horses at some roundabout!

why 6 years ago

if it is forbidden, why was it allowed to be built?
who authorised it, who allowed it?

rednrosy 6 years ago

what happens if it is not idolatry and just pretty like a scenic view?

Then surely they should be changing the interpretation?

jane 6 years ago

Yes Mohammed, you said it right (well almost); 'In one's religion'.

But to almost all the rest of the world the notion is pathetically ludicrous, stereotyping an entire nation as if all are brain dead gullible and will start worshiping model horses.

Asad Hafeez 6 years ago

Frankly lot more things affecting the Islamic world and serious thought needs to be given than worrying about horse heads

ziad 6 years ago

I wonder why would Arabian even take the pain to publish such a useless story... I guess only to show how retarded some islamic scholars have become.... how sad.

jonjon 6 years ago

why are people arguing with the sheikhs statement. he is right, you have the right to disagree but you don't have the right to insult our faith. show respect to others

Ashraf 6 years ago

Jane, so essentially..your world view should be according to your liking, your understanding and your temperament? 'My way or the highway'?

How is this is hurting you?

Adopt diversity, isn't that's what peace is all about?

Expatsaffa 6 years ago

Hi Jonjon, I dont think anyone here is insulting Islam. in Christianity we too are not allowed to make idols of worship. I think the clear difference is that this is Art, and I assume that there werent any people praying towards the horses at the roundabout. If there was I would agree, but because this is simply a way of reminding people of heritage, i think the horse (not idols) should be allowed to stay.