Saudi Arabia has banned pilgrims from taking selfies at two holy mosques, effective immediately, according to Indonesian media.
According to the Jakarta Post, visitors to Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, or ‘The Prophet’s Mosque,’ will be prohibited from taking photographs or videos at the two holy sites.
Saudi authorities stated that the ban will prevent unnecessary disturbances for those who wish to worship without distractions.
While pilgrims may now be deprived of photographic mementoes, security guards at the two holy sites have traditionally always been hostile toward people taking photos, the Jakarta Post noted.
Now that selfies and photographs of all varieties are officially prohibited, security guards have been instructed to “confiscate the photos and the camera if needed,” according to reports.