Selfies are a plague for the modern social media account — they also pose a conundrum for how religious values correspond with technology. Recently, Islamic clerics in India have indicated to young Muslim women that they should refrain from posting selfies on Facebook and other social networking sites, because it would violate the edict that only their close male relatives should see their faces. Said one cleric:
Uploading pictures on Facebook or other social networking sites should be avoided. As per the Islamic traditions showing your face to unknown and unrelated men is prohibited. Moreover, these pictures can be misused by any person. Social networking sites should be used for better things than displaying ones physical beauty.
Additionally, young Muslims were warned about pursuing romantic relationships over social media. While Twitter, Facebook and other accounts are allowed, they should be used for “business purposes or … constructive purposes” only, another Islamic leader explained. [Telegraph UK] [Image of woman taking selfie via Shutterstock]