Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Taking Photos in Kaaba have been Banned

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photos in KaabaSaudi Arabia has banned taking photos in Kaaba or taking any kind of photos and videos at the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina.

A few days back photos in Kaaba of an Israeli citizen resulted in a lot of criticism on social media.

It has been informed by Saudi General Directorate of Press and Information that the decision to forbid photos and videos in Khana-e-Kaaba and Masjid-e-Nabwi was taken by the Saudi foreign ministry on November 12.

Ben Tzion was the person whose photos created a stir. It was stated by BBC that he has a history of posting photos at different religious positions. He has done this in Middle East from Iran to Jordan. He posted his photo inside the mosque on the Facebook.

The Facebook post said “People of Saudi Arabia would stand with the Jewish nation side by side,” and also added that, “Peace in the Middle East with respect and love towards each other.”

It has been stated in the statement that this restrictions have been imposed to preserve and shield the holy sites.

Furthermore, it has been informed by Saudi authorities that trouble of worshipers at the mosques is one of the other reasons for initiating this policy.

The statement said, “In the event of a violation of the ban, imposed to ensure the carrying out of worship in a healthier way, tools used to take photos and videos will be confiscated and legal action will be taken.”

Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering Makkah and Central Medina.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.