(NewsCore) - It is "forbidden" to pray for Steve Jobs' soul, a prominent Saudi cleric has decreed.
Sa'd Bin Al-Shathari, a Saudi authority on Islam, said God-fearing Muslims better keep the late Apple founder out of their prayers because he died an "infidel."
"To pray for Allah to have mercy upon him or place him in Paradise -- that is forbidden," he told Kuwait's Al-Resala TV, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Al-Shathari, however, said it was OK to feel saddened by Jobs' death.
He was responding to a raging Twitter and Facebook debate on whether Muslims can feel sad "over the death of an infidel" and ask "for Allah's mercy for an infidel" sparked by Jobs' death.
Jobs, a Zen Buddhist, died Oct. 5 at age 56.