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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

May 26, 2017

May 26, 2016

A year ago a senior Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, was asked about cats:

Speaking in a televised broadcast, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fawzan was asked about "a new trend of taking pictures with cats" which "has been spreading among people who want to be like the Westerners".

The sheikh initially appears incredulous, asking: "What?! What do you mean pictures with cats?"

He then declares: "Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don't matter here."

Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan says taking pictures is prohibited.... unless necessary (MEMRI)

'Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity - not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.'

We don't know if he ever got it. But we are sincerely grateful for his clarifications.

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