Saudi cleric issues fatwa banning all-you-can-eat buffets

Allah doesn’t want Muslims indulging in all-you-can-eat buffets.

At least that’s what Saudi cleric Saleh al-Fawzan says. On a Saudi Quranic TV station he issued a fatwa –or religious edict -- against the buffets saying dinners should pre-determine the value and quantity of the food to be eaten before buying it, reports Al Arabia.

"Whoever enters the buffet and eats for 10 or 50 riyals ($4-$13) without deciding the quantity they will eat is violating Sharia (Islamic) law," Fawzan was quoted.

The fatwa sparked debate on social media, with some Twitter users slamming the cleric’s ruling, with others supporting it.

Saudi Council of Muftis is the only religious council that has the authority to issue a fatwa in Saudi Arabia, so it's unclear how much weight cleric Saleh al-Fawzan's edict has.