For many Muslims, it is a one-time opportunity to be in Makkah or Madina so they want to take photos and make videos. Yet, as Muslims, we should be aware of the etiquette of taking pictures in Masjid-al-Haram 🕋 and Masjid al-Nabawi.
Here are the 5 basic etiquettes for taking pictures in Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid al-Nabawi in Madina.
Do not take pictures during prayer
During the five daily prayers, photography should not be your preference. You should also avoid taking pictures during the Tawaf (circumambulation) and while performing other rituals.
Respect the privacy of others
While taking pictures, be mindful of other people’s privacy. Avoid taking pictures of individuals without their consent.
Do not take selfies
It is considered inappropriate to take selfies in front of the Holy Kaaba. Instead, concentrate on praying and feeling the moment. You would be rewarded if your heart connects to Allah, not because of your selfie.
Avoid using flash
Using a flash can be distracting and disrespectful to others. It is best to turn off the flash and adjust your camera settings accordingly.
Follow the rules and regulations
There are rules and regulations in place that govern photography at the Holy Kaaba. Make sure to follow them to avoid any issues.
It is important to be mindful of the sacredness of the place and the people around you. By dwelling into the pictures all the time will not help you concentrate on the worship, and will be disrespectful to others’ privacy. May Allah guide us all!