#Hajjselfie gains popularity, sparks controversy


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#Hajjselfie gains popularity, sparks controversy

The increasingly popular phenomenon of taking selfies has hit this year’s hajj, sparking controversy among more conservative Muslims. From Tawaf – circling the holy Kaaba structure in Mecca – to prayers atop Mount Mercy in Arafat, and stoning of the “devil” in Mina, the key stages of hajj have all been recorded on cameras and smartphones for posterity, and for instant sharing through social media. The young pilgrims who take selfies say they want to document an important event, but more conservative Muslims criticize the practice.

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