Instead of condemning Saudi princes for their extravagance and excesses, a leading religious scholar in the Kingdom has decided to turn his guns on buffet dinners and declared that they are Haram or prohibited in Islam.
The logic behind Sheikh Fawzan’s edict is that buffet meals have a fixed price, but the quantity of food is unknown or unlimited - and that gives rise to gluttony.
Gluttony or any kind of excess is frowned upon in Islam, a religion that preaches simplicity.
It’s alright if the value and of what is sold is predetermined before purchase.
“One must not simply go to a restaurant that offers an all-you-can-eat meal for say SR 10 or SR 50 without mentioning any conditions…this is prohibited,” said Sheikh Fawzan.
Now there is nothing with condemning excessive behavior, but there must be some form of consistency. Some of the most extravagant people on the planet are the Saudi Royals.
However, no religious scholar has issued an edict against their luxury yachts, multi-million dollar estates offshore, luxury Airbus A380, and shopping frenzies before the holy month of abstinence – Ramadan.