RIYADH: While ‘Dry January’ may be dominating conversations across much of the world as people attempt to rein in their alcoholic intake following the excesses of Christmas, one ultra-conservative cleric in Saudi Arabia has spoken of his confusion regarding the self-imposed period of abstinence.
“Seriously, every time I go onto Facebook all I see is my friends jabbering on about how they’ve had over two weeks without a drink and it’s driving them crazy,” said Sheikh Saad bin Salah Von Gurt, a radical preacher based just outside Riyadh. “Two weeks, are you having a laugh? Try 63 years, 5 months and 14 days without so much as a ginger beer passing your lips. Then you can come and tell that me you’re having a hard time.”