Sculptures of horses erected on a roundabout in the southwest of Saudi Arabia have been smashed by the ultra-conservative country after the kingdom’s top cleric denounced them as sinful, local media reported on Wednesday.
The municipality in the town of Abu Arish in Jazan province bordering Yemen demolished the statues on Tuesday, local online news website jazantoday.org reported.
The decision came following a letter sent to the governor of Jazan by Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Shaikh, demanding that “the sculptures be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under sharia (Islamic law),” said another news website, sabq.org.
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 which is seen as a way of glorifying Allah.