Singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity”, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al Sheikh said in a television interview. The head of the Saudi Supreme Council of Clerics was responding to a question about the plans of the kingdom’s General Authority for Entertainment to license concerts and study the opening up of cinemas.
He warned that cinemas “might show movies that are libertine, lewd, immoral and atheist, because they rely on films imported to change our culture”.
The Grand Mufti insists that opening cinemas represent “a call for the mixing between sexes”. “At the beginning they would assign areas for women, but then both men and women will end up in one area. This corrupts morals and destroys values,” he said. However “entertainment through cultural and scientific media is okay”, he said urging the authorities not to “open the doors for evil”.