Indonesian Cleric Calls Selfies A Sin. Muslim Youth Respond With More Selfies

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After a popular Muslim cleric declared selfies a sin in Indonesia, young Indonesians decided to take matters into their own hands — by striking a pose and continuing to snap – of course the shots were selfies. The Huffington Post reports:

Felix Siauw, an Indonesian author and religious leader with a substantial social mediapresence, is arguing that people who take selfies are giving in to pride — which means snapping a selfie may be a sin against God.

“If we take a selfie, sift through and choose our best pose, and then we’re awed and impressed by our selves – worryingly, that’s called PRIDE,” Siauw wrote during aTwitter rant, according to a translation provided by Coconuts Jakarta. “If we take a selfie and we feel cooler and better than others – we’ve fallen into the worst sin of all, ARROGANCE,” he continued.

He then took aim at Muslim women, accusing them of taking selfies without shame. “There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just – My Goodness – where’s the purity in women?,” he wrote.

Siauw isn’t the only selfie-critic out there. In 2014, a Jeddah scholar condemned the practice of taking selfies during Muslim’s hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is meant to be a time of introspection, Scholar Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem argued, and selfies seemed to be a way of boasting and showing off.

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