Muslim pilgrims pose for a selfie during the “Jamarat” ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH
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Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie – a craze that has hit this year's hajj.But not everyone is happy about young pilgrims from around the world constantly snapping "selfies," photographs taken of one's self, as they carry out the rites of hajj, which are the high point of a Muslim's spiritual life.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.Hajj is the one of the world's largest religious gatherings. The increasingly popular phenomenon has sparked controversy among more conservative Muslims, however, and some are taking to Twitter to criticize pilgrims who take selfies.The elderly pilgrim Mohammad Ali also discounted the scholar's opinion.
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