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Don't cheat on your spouse, don't steal, don't kill, don't use Snapchat filters ... all are important edicts one should keep in mind.

Some Arab Muslim clerics seem to be having quite the trouble with social media apps, especially when it comes to the use of emojis and Snapchat filters. These include Dr. Abdullah Al Sulmi, a Saudi cleric who recently went against changing physical features using filters.

The scholar's statement came in response to a question he was asked by a viewer during a televised appearance on Al Majd channel on Sunday.

"Something like this means they're distorting the creation of God, especially if the filter significantly changes features. If someone's using a filter to cover blemishes, that's permissible; but to change the way their nose, eyes, or other features look, then no, using a filter is prohibited in Islam," Al Sulmi said. 

The cleric also added that several Muslim scholars share his opinion on the matter. 

After it started making the rounds on Saudi Twitter, Al Sulmi's statement left people divided. 

Some completely agreed with his stance on the matter, others felt it didn't make sense, and many reacted to it with humor. 

Some people were all for Al Sulmi's statement

"I've been saying the exact same thing for two years and I tell everyone it's haram (unacceptable in Islam) but no one listens. A cleric must issue an edict for them to get it." 

"I agree with him"

However, many were just fed up with such edicts

"Enough, enough." 

And felt clerics should focus on more important things

"There are so many things that are more important than this issue. I hope you give them some attention." 

Some Saudis were all there to troll the statement

And that, they did

"We need all the patience on earth"

"Thank God the sheikh hasn't discovered photoshop yet"

"Send him a link to 2019"

Not the first time a similar edict makes the rounds online

Back in 2016, Saudi cleric Naser al-Omar caused a stir when he issued an edict stating that the use of Snapchat filters is "sinful" and prohibited in Islam. 

At the time, the Muslim scholar "called on the faithful to avoid distorting the image of the human face and the creation of God just to make people laugh."

His statement came in a post he shared with millions of people who follow him on Twitter.