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No more selfies in Makkah and Medina as KSA announces ban

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a ban on taking pictures, selfies and making videos in the Holy places of Makkah and Medina.

KSA, the Islamic State running under the leader ship of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, has recently witnessed some mega changes that turned it into a modern state. The government of Saudi Arabia lifted a ban imposed on the cinema theatres and allowed new movies to be made and screened in the kingdom.

Similarly, the Crown Prince ordered the authorities to lift a ban on women driving and allow the women to take their vehicles on the roads.

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However, seems the authorities were searching for a new thing to impose a ban on and this time it is not only for Saudis but it is applied on everyone visiting the kingdom. Turns out that no Saudi citizen and the visitor would be allowed to take selfies at the designated areas in Makkah and Medina.

“The ban was imposed to prevent people from taking pictures and making videos at the two holiest Muslim sites, Makkah’s ‘Masjid al-Haram‘, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and Medina’s ‘Masjid an-Nabawi‘, or ‘The Prophet’s Mosque’,” The Jakarta Post reported.

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“The Saudi selfie ban is not limited to selfies. All varieties of photographs and videos within the premises of the holy sites are now prohibited,” the report reads.

The ban was announced by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry through a diplomatic note sent to foreign representatives in the country. It reads:

“The measure was imposed to protect and preserve two of Islam’s holiest sites, prevent the disturbance of worshipers and ensure tranquility while performing acts of worship.”

Soon after the announcement, people took to social media to express their views on the ban. Some found it a good initiative while some said that people should be allowed to take the pictures and make videos as they share these things with their beloved ones.

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Written by Mohsin Soomro

A dreamer and a go-getter, this is how I would define myself. With seven- plus years of experience in Journalism, I have worked with various publications in print and online. With an inclination towards photography, it is my dream to go on around the world tour someday and capture the beauty of nature through my lens. You can write to me at mohsinsoomro10[@] gmail (dot) com)

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