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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.

Posted on October 1, 2014, at 3:44 p.m. ET

"Selfie fever" has taken over the hajj — the pilgrimage to Mecca made by millions of Muslims to fulfill one of the five pillars of faith.

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Best Place ever👍❤️ #mekka #medina #umra #kaaba

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Haj !!! #mekka #haj#arabiasaudita

According to Arab News, this trend of selfies at Islam's holiest sites is not going down well with Muslim clerics and scholars.

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At Masjid al Haram just close by Holy #kaaba. During my 4th trip to #SaudiArabia #makkah

The hajj, one of the world's largest gatherings, is perceived as the "religious high point of a Muslim's life." This year's hajj is expected to fall between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7.

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#tbt #saudiarabia #mecca #haram #kaaba #sothankful

Saudi authorities forbid taking photographs at the Holy Mosque in Mecca and the courtyard around it, and could deny entry to those found with cameras or cameraphones.

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#subhanAllah #kaaba #masjid #al #Haram #tavaf

However, people usually sneak their phones in, and in recent years officials have relaxed the rules on taking photos inside the premises.

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No sle3p doing it hard elhamdullilah MG brother #haj #islam #muslim #umre #mekke #diyanet

In the wake of the global selfie trend, an increasing number of Muslims now document their pilgrimage on social media.

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My#happiness .. i wish we can go back in this holy place insaalllah :) #kaaba #mecca

People are taking selfies at the Kaaba, considered the center of the Muslim world.

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Read fajr near the kaaba. Truly blessed!!! #kaaba#masjid#haram#makkah#tawaaf#hajj#2014##saudiArabia

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#Makkah #2014 #Selfie #Kaaba #KSA #BeubarBonnet #TaReconnuLeDoubleB #ÇaTaffVnr #Fendi #ArabMoney #Jamayesil #PetroDollars

Some even had their own hajj version of the famous Oscar selfie.

Can #Hajjselfie beat the #OscarSelfie in Retweets ? Lets RT this To infinity #Muslim and say #mashAllah

Somalia Pundit@SomPunditFollow

Can #Hajjselfie beat the #OscarSelfie in Retweets ? Lets RT this To infinity #Muslim and say #mashAllah

3:50 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A few brave pilgrims wielded the selfie stick.

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q8instagram #q8 #q8photo #kuwait #picture #photo #haj #selfie

But some clerics have condemned the selfie fever as "touristy behavior" that destroys the tranquility and humility required for acts of worship during the holy pilgrimage, Arab News reported.

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Promise them tavaf together :) #haj #sunni #muslim #islam

Pilgrims posting their Kaaba selfies on Facebook and making it into a social media event ruins "their act of ibadah (worship) by humble-bragging," an Islamic studies teacher told Arab News.

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#MyHolyJourney #Day3 #selfie by the #Kaaba #mecca #SaudiArabia #mosque #meditation #umrah #Hajj

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Mummy n me! #love #mummy #haj #pilgrimage #faith

"Taking such selfies and videos defy the wish of our prophet," a Jeddah-based scholar said. "When the prophet went for hajj he said, 'O Allah, I ask of you a pilgrimage that contains no boasting or showing off.'"

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#haj #kabe #jeddah #hac

"It is as though the only purpose of this trip is take pictures and not worship," another Muslim scholar told Arab News.

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#photogrid #حج#عمرة#عيد#الأضحى#كعبة#haj#3omra#waiting#eid#elad7a#big#day#love#pray#god#mosque#maka#saudi#cousin#family#dubai#dxb#...

Muslim Matters, a blog for Muslims in the West, threw the hajj selfie topic open for debate on Twitter.

What do you think of the #hajj selfie? Ruins tranquility or a sign of the times?

Muslim Matters@MuslimMattersFollow

What do you think of the #hajj selfie? Ruins tranquility or a sign of the times?

4:12 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some called the trend a "social menace."

@MuslimMatters wow I'm pleased that such a question is being put up,cleansing in the presnce of Allah is turned into a social menace.

omar@Omarigbebi

@MuslimMatters wow I'm pleased that such a question is being put up,cleansing in the presnce of Allah is turned into a social menace.

11:17 AM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MuslimMatters Its a sad testament to the fact that our love of sharing over social media has crept into our Ibadah. #Riya vs #Sincerity

Tasmiyyah@TasmiyyahC

@MuslimMatters Its a sad testament to the fact that our love of sharing over social media has crept into our Ibadah. #Riya vs #Sincerity

11:17 AM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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At front of #AbrajAlBait #Makkah #SaudiArabia #saudia #omra #kaaba

Many agreed it went against the purpose of doing the hajj.

@MuslimMatters Ruins tranquility and misleading the purpose of being there.

StrangerOnTheEarth@StrangerEarthFollow

@MuslimMatters Ruins tranquility and misleading the purpose of being there.

4:44 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MuslimMatters As much as I would like a selfie with the Kabba in the background, I think it would distract me from the purpose #hajjselfie

Ba'Luqman@luqmana2011

@MuslimMatters As much as I would like a selfie with the Kabba in the background, I think it would distract me from the purpose #hajjselfie

11:28 AM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MuslimMatters The hajj is all about overcoming your "self"! #hajjselfie wont bring anyone anyhere.

Asl? ?irin@yshirin

@MuslimMatters The hajj is all about overcoming your "self"! #hajjselfie wont bring anyone anyhere.

12:32 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others approved of it, but only in moderation.

@MuslimMatters Kaaba is not Eiffel Tower. Ok with selfie but Let's stay moderate.

ismaeel zinki@ismaeel_zinki

@MuslimMatters Kaaba is not Eiffel Tower. Ok with selfie but Let's stay moderate.

12:12 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MuslimMatters its fine as long as you don't spend your entire trip taking selfies...i mean take a picture but not during the manasik

Fatema Nassar@FatmaNassarFollow

@MuslimMatters its fine as long as you don't spend your entire trip taking selfies...i mean take a picture but not during the manasik

11:32 AM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#hacc #masjid #al #Haram #kaaba #makka

Some believed it was a good way to remember such a significant event.

@MuslimMatters what's wrong with it-- as long as it's not constant and is only for memorializing a memorable trip

Amad@amadshkFollow

@MuslimMatters what's wrong with it-- as long as it's not constant and is only for memorializing a memorable trip

12:11 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MuslimMatters so nice to keep for looking back on. I have a pic I snapped of the Kabah at Umrah, I love seeing it

Sumbz@SumbelinaZ

@MuslimMatters so nice to keep for looking back on. I have a pic I snapped of the Kabah at Umrah, I love seeing it

11:14 AM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#makkah #kaaba #selfie #cutie #haram

But many demanded a ban on the hajj selfies.

RT #hajjselfie hitting the headlines pass a message to Hajis to stop taking selfles and stay in worship. #Hajj2014

Al Mubarak Radio ™@MrAlMubarakFollow

RT #hajjselfie hitting the headlines pass a message to Hajis to stop taking selfles and stay in worship.

#Hajj2014

2:45 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite