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The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque insisted the worshippers and pilgrims for not getting too much into photography and not to take selfies or photos within the premises of the Khana-e-Kaaba. The ones who are interested in doing so must ask for an official permit.

The Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Grand Mosque Services—Mashhour Al-Mun’emi told Arab News that the presidency advises the pilgrims and worshippers to engage their efforts and concentrations on performing the Holy rituals rather than busying themselves and their expertise in taking photographs.

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Atiah Al-Youssefi—an Islamic Law Professor said that the objective behind the ban of photography within the premises of Holy Mosque was to stop people from wasting their time in finding the perfect angels for taking pictures which in turn not only distracts them from performing the rituals but also causes disturbance for other worshippers and hinders in their performance of rituals.

A crowd management specialist—Akram Jan said that the crowd gets widely affected by the photography as for taking pictures they need to pause to try getting photos from all possible directions. He added that the dynamic of movement was crucial for keeping the movement simultaneous and smooth. The stumbling of even one worshipper leads to chaos which is dangerous for everyone’s safety.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has released a circular for the Hajj and Umrah offices for raising the awareness among the pilgrims relating the significance of obeying the instructions of banned photography at the Two Holy Grand Mosques.

This is a good initiative taken by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah as it would give and provide people with a chance to keep their attention span on just the rituals rather than on clicking photos and posting them on social sites. Although, many people would miss the chance of getting themselves clicked inside the Grand Mosques but otherwise it is a much-needed decision.

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