Twitter erupts after Saudi cleric says chess is forbidden

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 24, 2009 file photo, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi grand mufti listens to a speech of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Consultative Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says playing chess is forbidden in Islam, describing it as a waste of time saying it leads to rivalry and enmity. His comments, made to a Saudi religious channel and uploaded to YouTube in December 2015, sparked backlash and heated discussion on Twitter in recent days among Arabic users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A video clip of Saudi Arabia's top cleric saying that the game of chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and leads to rivalry and enmity among people has provoked heated debate, and widespread criticism, among Arabic Twitter users.


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