British Muslims are strongly condemning the recent trend of taking selfies while performing Hajj rituals at the holy sites, and they are extremely concerned about the growing culture of disregard of the sanctity of the House of Allah and the Rawda Al Sharifa of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) by some naive pilgrims.
It is immensely disturbing that these pilgrims act like tourists while they are at Al-Haramain Al-Shareefain, and focus on taking photographs and making videos rather than concentrating on their prayers, which undermines the spirit of Hajj and Umrah, and defies the wish and Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). By acting in such naïve manner, these pilgrims show total disrespect to the House of Allah and the Rawda Al Sharifa of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). This nuisance has taken away the peace and serenity of Al-Haramain Al-Shareefain and the essence of the pilgrimage, and is causing extreme discomfort and disturbance to other pilgrims as well.
The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj/Umrah specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of the pilgrims, has strongly urged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards the disregard of the sanctity of Al-Haramain Al-Shareefain, and strictly forbid the use of cameras and mobile phones to ensure that pilgrims refrain from activities that violate the sanctity of the House of Allah.
ABH is also highly critical of those religious scholars who are not paying heed towards this extremely dangerous phenomenon, which is destroying the spirit of Hajj/Umrah pilgrimage. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with the religious scholars, must make every effort to protect the sanctity of the House of Allah, and also ensure that pilgrims are able to perform their Hajj/Umrah pilgrimage in peace and tranquillity.