Saudi Arabia bans photos, videos at Islam’s two holiest sites

PublishedNovember 23, 2017
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Saudi Arabia banned visitors from taking photos and videos at Islam’s two holiest mosques, a statement said Thursday.

According to the Saudi General Directorate of Press and Information, the decision to prohibit photos and videos in Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, or ‘The Prophet’s Mosque,’ was taken by the Saudi foreign ministry on Nov. 12, 2017.

The ban, which applies regardless of the objective and includes representatives of the media, was imposed to protect and preserve the holy sites, the statement said. The ban also applies to the mosques’ surrounding areas.

Saudi authorities cited disturbance of worshippers at the mosques as another reason for the introduction of the measure.

“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,” the statement said.

Earlier this week, a picture of an Israeli man in The Prophet’s Mosque caused uproar on Arab and Muslim social media. Non-Muslims are strictly forbidden from entering Central Medina, where the mosque is located.


3 replies

  1. The reason for this ‘ban’ is a bit funny: It comes after an Israeli ‘blogger’ posted photos of himself both in Makkah and Madinah. (He was not supposed to be able to enter there).

  2. Well, we all sort of would like to have a ‘memory’ of our vistis there. We saw also people doing Tawaf in Makkah al Mukarrama ‘being in touch with family members back home’ by live video calls. A bit ‘too modern’ I suppose, but on the other hand understandable also…

  3. As we know that the extremist clerics of Saudi Arabia are addictet with the name of Islam and hate hostility toward Jews and Christian.
    The extremist Clerics uphold the ancient Arab tradition those who did not follow Prophet Muhammad were enemy of Islam, they are unclean, they cannot enter Mecca and Madinah and Mosque too.
    Muslim forbid to elect Jews and Christian as leaders, friend Q. 5:51, and marry. If Jews and Christian want to be protected have to pay Jizya ( Tax). Q9:29.

    Additional to that: People forbid to take picture on kaaba , Meccah and Mosque in Madinah. For savety reason: women have to cover the whole body. Women forbid to go out side without a guardial man.

    So it very clear that the extremist clerics want to keep the ancient Arab tradition in the name of Islam.
    Most clerics who study Islam from Arab, will follow their teaching of Islam, they are the addicted to the name of Islam, they do not normal person any more. They will deceive his follower and bring on them disaster as we see today in Arab countries. Very sad, pity and embarrassing.

    Muslim need to reform the Islamic teaching now!
    With ❤️

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