The move by the Saudi Arabia to ban visitors from taking photos and videos at Makkah and Madina was a long awaited step that should be welcomed and would help a long way in preserving the sanctity of the Islam’s two holiest mosques. For the last few years, there was a growing trend of taking selfies at the holy mosques which had been disturbing the worshippers particularly the Hajj days and the decision to prohibit photos and videos in Makkah’s Masjid al-Haram, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and Madina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, or ‘The Prophet’s Mosque,’ has come as a bold step in the right direction. The move has come days after a picture of an Israeli man in Masjid an-Nabawi caused uproar on Arab and Muslim social media as non-Muslims are strictly forbidden from entering Central Madina, where the mosque is located. It was immensely disturbing that the pilgrims were focus on taking selfies, photographs and making videos rather than concentrating on their prayers which undermines the spirit of prayers particularly during the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. This according to scholars amounted to showing disrespect to the holiest sites. The new decision would protect the sanctity of the holy places against naïve pilgrims and ensure that the other pilgrims perform their prayers in peace.