The religious and counselor of the royal house of Saudi Arabia released a fatua, edict of obligatory fulfillment, in which vetoes the celebrations
Local media reported that Abdullah al-Mutlaq, the religious in question, said the ban is designed to prevent superfluous expenses and is valid even for children’s birthdays.
“People do not have enough money to spend on this kind of thing. They are things that do not lead to any benefit, Islam does not promote them and can lead families to poverty, ” Al-Mutlaq said.
Fatwas, decisions of the muftíes or specialists in the Islamic law, have legal force.
They are things that do not lead to any benefit, Islam does not promote them and can lead families to poverty
Reactions on social networks were mixed. Those who appreciated the message of frugality of the religious and who, instead, criticized the authorities of Saudi Arabia, a country rich in oil, for not being able to guarantee to all its inhabitants the possibility of celebrating his birthday.
According to some research reported in local media, about a quarter of the 20 million Saudis live in poverty and receive no profit from lucrative oil sales.