A Saudi cleric’s comments that Mickey Mouse is an agent of Satan who should die are damaging to Islam’s image and should stop, an Egyptian Muslim scholar said Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Sheikh Mohamed al-Munajid, a cleric who often appears on Saudi television and who is also a former Saudi diplomat in the United States, called the loveable Disney rodent “one of Satan’s soldiers” last week, saying household mice and their animated counterparts must be rubbed out.

"Sharia (Islamic law) calls for the extermination of all mice. That includes the rodents as well as the famous cartoon mouse," he said.

Suad Saleh, a woman preacher who hosts a popular television program, told a local paper that Munajid's ruling "tarnishes Islam's image," AFP reported.

"An edict should be based on knowledge, logic and reason," she told the paper. "Yes, mice should be killed when seen according to Islam's teachings. But it is illogical to deal with a cartoon character as a live mouse and kill it."

Saleh said Muslim clerics should learn to become more media savvy.

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