News From : DagangHalal.com (01 Nov 2009)
MECCA, Oct 29 (Bernama) — The Saudi Arabian government has issued tips for pilgrims while they are in the country performing the haj.
In an advertorial in the Saudi Arabia-based newspaper, “Arab News”, the authority advised pilgrims to avoid taking pictures of women and taking the camera inside the holy mosque, Masjidil Haram.
Pilgrims are also advised not to ask someone of the opposite sex for directions or help if they are lost because it could be misinterpreted, and not to not sit next to people of the opposite sex.
“Smoking is not allowed inside or outside the mosques because it is considered insulting,” it adds.
The authority also advised pilgrims not to carry too much cash, not to count their money in public places and not to use private cars to get around but instead to use licensed taxis or public transport.
“Use all your time in worship. Remember we are required to do the haj only once in a lifetime. It is not easy to come to Saudi Arabia every year, so use all time on your hand for praying, reciting the holy Quran for supplication,” it says.