Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, doesn’t like photos. Taking pictures is haram, he decreed recently, as he was trying to wrap his head especially around pet photography — and finding it evil.
MODERATOR: “Someone asked you the following question: A new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people, who want to be like Westerners…
SALEH AL-FAWZAN: “What?!”
MODERATOR: “A new trend of taking pictures with cats…”
AL-FAWZAN: “With what?”
MODERATOR: “With cats.”
AL-FAWZAN: “What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here. …Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity — not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with a Norwegian Blue, not with anything.”
OK, I threw in the bit about the Norwegian Blue, mainly because I’d recommend reading the whole exchange in the voices of Michael Palin (the moderator) and John Cleese (the cleric). Trust me, it’s even funnier that way.