#HajjSelfie trends during Haj pilgrimage, angering Muslim scholars

Muslim pilgrims pose for a selfie during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Muslim pilgrims pose for a selfie during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Last week, as millions of Muslims made the five-day pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, many decided to capture their once-in-a-lifetime experience with the picture craze of the year - the selfie.

Despite warnings by Muslim scholars not to take pictures without valid reasons, young devotees armed with smartphones and monopods flooded social media with shots tagged with #Hajjselfie.

One of the top trending pilgrim selfies, posted by Somalia Pundit on Sept 30, replicated the popular Oscar shot taken by American celebrity Ellen DeGeneres.

The tweet read: "Can the #HajjSelfie beat the #OscarSelfie in Retweets? Let's RT this to infinity #Muslim and say #mashAllah."

Though many saw it as an opportunity to record their memories and to document their journey, others disagreed with the popular phenomenon.

Twitter user Kahwaaa wrote: "It's a time to connect to Allah and purify my soul. #Hajselfies shouldn't be taken."

 

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

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اقوى سلفي مع جبل احد ومع شباب الحمله الي مانعرفهم ليلحين هههههه #مساء_الخير #الحج #المدينة_المنورة #الكويت #كويت #تصوير #صوره #q8 #q8photo #q8instagram #picture #photo #kuwait #haj #selfie

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#self مع اخويا :D

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