Selfies banned at Islam’s two Holiest Cities

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Selfies banned at Islam’s two Holiest Cities

Saudi government banned on taken selfies at two of the holiest cities of Saudi Arab; Makkah and Madina. The selfies are banned inside Masjid al-Haram and in Masjid e Nabwi SAWW. New rules regarding pictures taking were issued that allow for the confiscation of pictures taken and cameras, phones or tablets at these two holiest cities.

Selfies banned at Islam’s two Holiest Cities


Being in Makkah and Madina to perform Hajj or Umrah is the utmost desire of every Muslim pertaining to any of the countries in the World. The true meaning of visiting Kabah is not only being there and deliver a meaningless obligation. Every Ibadat is eminent on its own in a way that besides it is the source of great virtue.

The real meaning of performing Hajj or Umrah is to visit the holy places and also to pray. Holy Grand Mosque and Mosque Nabwi SAWW are the two places where people supposed to forget their troubles. They would not regret to make more supplications and prayers.

When a Muslim indulges over the board in the worldly acts then probably he would forget about his true purpose. According to numerous embassies in Saudi Arab.

The trend of taking Selfies and posting pictures

If we take an account the reasons behind this ban, then one of the most prominent and main reason is the selfies and pictures uploaded on various social sites by different celebrities pertaining to different fields of life. The trend of taking and posting pictures was increasing day by day by the pilgrims in the front of Kaabah Shareef as well as of other sacred points. The Saudi authorities regarding the issue reported that;

“In the case of any violation of the ban, security guards have been instructed to confiscate the pictures and the capturing device when required.” The Saudi statement quoted by said, adding that government officials of the Saudi country should inform all Hajj and Umrah operatives in their respective countries.

We can also say that one of the reasons was to prohibit the tourist’s acts of the pilgrims. Many of the people posted pictures, either in groups or alone carrying flags of their countries inside the Haram Shareef. Haram is a place where all the Muslims are equal and identity they supposed to have is of Muslim.

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