"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" is a poem by Robert Herrick. This poem portrays our existence on earth, and that people age as life goes on, and everything becomes boundless. Herrick here urges people to take advantage of youth and energy while they may! The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, to seize the day.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Saudi religious police ban pet cats and dogs

I received this by email earlier today! Interesting! A MUST read...
Thanks Dr. Shurooq :-)

RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia's religious police have announced a ban on selling cats and dogs as pets, or walking them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women, an official said on Wednesday.

Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily that the commission has started enforcing an old religious edict.

He said the commission was implementing a decision taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, adding that it follows an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi scholars.

The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a rising fashion among some men using pets in public "to make passes on women and disturb families," he said, without giving more details.

Othman said that the commission has instructed its offices in the capital to tell pet shops "to stop selling cats and dogs".

The 5,000-strong religious police oversees the adherence to Wahabism -- a strict version of Sunni Islam, which also forces women to cover from head to toe when in public, and bans them from driving.

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Anonymous said...

OMG they want to control everything. I think they wish they have this remote control where they attach it to everyone or they have an electricity current cable attached to every saudi and they shock them if they do something wrong

Anonymous said...

Holy Smokes! They had better ban sexy high heeled shoes, heavy perfume (oh, and who decides how heavy is "heavy"?), cell phones, oh, how about cars that attract too much attention? . . . there are a million ways young people find to attract one another. Banning dogs and cats is just laughable.

Grey said...

I wonder what kind of comments those guys must be making ....

Ansam said...

They do! LOL @ your remote control idea hehehehe

Its too much! and true... who decide on what IS heavy!
and it is laughable I AGREE 100%

nonsense comments

Anonymous said...

oy vey,..... ad infinitum

Zabo0o6a said...

didn't read the post , but i love that cartoon .

Ansam said...


LOL good enough.. thanks for stopping by :-)

Anonymous said...

It's 7aram I think to own a pet if it doesn't serve a function i.e. a dog guiding a flock of sheep for example and merely for leisurely purposes.

Ansam said...

Is it really 7aram?! 7aram is totally not allowed and I dont know about that!

Anonymous said...

My apologies, it is 7aram to own a dog unless it serves a work related purpose. It is 7aram to buy a cat (cats are not as needy as dogs and can't be 'owned' as one's property unlike dogs) but not having one as a pet.

So if you happen to stumble upon a lone cat/kitten and decide to take it into your household as a pet, it is permitted.

The story of "Abdur-Rahmaan" (RA) otherwise know as "Abu Hurrah" (RA) comes to mind.

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