MAKKAH: A photo of fully-covered women playing a board game in the premises of Khana-e-Kaaba goes viral on social media sparking online controversy across the kingdom.
According to Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday around 11 pm on Friday, the women were spotted playing the board game called ‘Sequence,’ at the western square near King Abdul Aziz Gate.
“The operation room was alerted and the women’s section at the General Presidency was tasked with dealing with the situation. Supervisors went up to the four women and requested the women to respect the sanctity of the mosque and stop their game. The women complied and immediately left the area,” Gulf News reported.
The now-viral image of four women, whose nationality was not known amassed thousands of reactions online.
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“Is this even possible… I can’t believe it, maybe it’s photoshopped.”
“They must be held accountable for this, it’s an insult to religion. There are people who live their entire lives saving up to come visit the holy mosque, this is a place of worship, don’t you have any shame?!!!”
“The Holy Mosque is for prayers, supplications, and devotion, and all people should make sure nothing else disturbs their piety,” one user said.
“Some people, waiting for prayers or for friends, have a tendency to take out their cell phones and use applications for several purposes,” posted another user comparing it to the use of phones by pilgrims.