Kuwaiti Shop Closed For Selling ‘Cult Idols’: Is this Intellectual Terrorism?

Published September 18th, 2018 - 11:43 GMT
Image was circulating among social media users. It was taken in front of the shop with the facade showing the 3D-printed figures. (Social Media)
Image was circulating among social media users. It was taken in front of the shop with the facade showing the 3D-printed figures. (Social Media)

Kuwaitis have been rowing for the last two days over the closure of a shop that sells 3D-printed figures in the Kuwaiti capital. Religious clerics called for its closure fearing that the figuers might be taken as "cult idols".

It all started when people shared photos for the shop’s facade where statues are being presented in different shapes and sizes.

The store angered some clerics which led Sheikh Othmanal-Khamis to call for the immediate closure of the store, claiming it might be worshipped by some people which is forbidden.

Hashtag “أصنام في الكويت” [Cult Idols in Kuwait] has been trending among Kuwaitis with opinions split between criticizing the decision to close the shop, and others supporting the authorities for doing it.

Many people went to share photos for the statues they had in their homes or offices expressing support with the closed shop.

Translation: “The cult idols in my office.”

Translation: “Since everyone shared their idol cults during the last few days, I also want to share mine.”

One user from Bahrain shared photos from a similar shop in his country that prints 3D-figures expressing his admiration for the idea.

Translation: “The same place is in Bahrain at Saif Complex. The idea is great but what to say about the ignorant!”

Hamad Qalam, a Kuwaiti show presenter tweeted also about it.

Translation: “The shop was closed! To please some people. Dears, this is souvenir not an idol to worship. This is a form of intellectual terrorism that should be stopped! Kuwait is a country of democracy and freedom, everyone lives in it! We reject turning it to a Kandahar.”

The tweet angered some people who supported closing the shop.

Translation: “You mean the shop was closed to please the Almighty God and the evidence is: 1- Quran: Noah Surah 2- Sunnah: “"Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature”. The question now is: Do we follow Quran and Sunnah or those people [referring to Hamad Qalam].”


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