Saturday, May 31, 2014

When the shoe offends

A photo on Twitter of a Saudi policeman resting his foot on the Kaaba (a square building at the centre of Islam's most sacred mosque), in Mecca has angered many devout believers. In Islamic culture, touching something sacred with a shoe is considered highly offensive. Officials initially claimed he may not have been wearing shoes, but a type of rubber slipper worn by staff at the mosque. The governor of Mecca, Mishaal bin Abdullah Al Saud, has reportedly ordered an investigation into the incident, and called for disciplinary action. This in turn has resulted in many people taking to Twitter to speak out in defence of the policeman. Prince Mishaal has reportedly now asked the police to hold workshops and training sessions to educate staff at the mosque on how to behave.

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