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'Selfies' frowned upon, but technology is transforming the Hajj
'Selfies' frowned upon, but technology is transforming the Hajj

Technological advances and design engineering at the mosques of Mecca and Medina are promising a safer and more comfortable Hajj experience this year as 2 million Islamic faithful converge on Saudi Arabia. But much to the dismay of tradition-bound Muslim clerics, a proliferation of smartphones among those affluent enough to make the journey has also encouraged young pilgrims to snap photos of themselves kissing the Grand Mosque's black stone or taking self portraits with other sacred venues in the background. "Selfie fever has taken pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques by storm in recent days, much to the chagrin of scholars and other pilgrims who condemn such...

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