Today’s Daily Outrage courtesy ofÂ Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan,Â member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, and what everyone on the Internet has already called a catwa:
A senior Saudi cleric has banned taking photographs of cats in a bid to stop people trying ‘to be like Westerners’.
Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan issued the order after being told of a new trend of animal lovers posing for pictures with their pets.
After being informed of the craze, he said during a televised broadcast: ‘What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats donâ€™t matter here.’
Earlier he had been told how ‘a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners’.
But the sheikh, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, added: ‘Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity. Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.’
So while I was initially quite outraged, I’m less so now. The Sheik is not actually picking on cats as such – under Islam catsÂ have a much higher status than dogs anyway – he just doesn’t like photography in general. Now, I’m not a fan of the Mosaic, Orthodox Iconoclast, Calvinist/Puritan and Islamic prohibition on images of live things as I think such prohibitionÂ impoverishes our human existence, but at least it’s a relatively victimless proscription, unlike, say, slicing off a little girl’s clitoris, pushing a gay man of a tall building, or preventing a woman from driving or for that matter educating herself.
Still, be that as it may, I’m waiting for a counter-fatwa by the Grumpy Cat.