Horse statues demolished in Jazan

Updated 13 June 2013

Horse statues demolished in Jazan

RIYADH: Officials in the southern province of Jazan have demolished horse sculptures on a roundabout after Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh denounced them as "sinful" and against the tenets of Islam, local online news websites said.
Ali Mousa Zaala, spokesman of the Jazan governorate, confirmed that the structure was removed on the instructions of the grand mufti.
The statue was located in the town of Abu Arish, said the Arabic news site jazantoday.org.
Another news website, sabq.org, said the grand mufti earlier wrote the governor of Jazan demanding that “the sculptures be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under sharia (Islamic law).”
Statues of people and animals are prohibited under Islam as they represent a form of idolatry. However, the religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.


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