Outrage as Saudi policeman rests shoe on Makkah’s sacred Kaaba

Authorities investigate policeman’s offensive behaviour at Makkah’s Kaaba

83 Gulf News

Manama: The Governor of Makkah has ordered a probe in the case of a policeman leaning on the Kaaba with his shoes against the wall.

Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz said that such an attitude could not be tolerated and called for disciplinary action against the policeman for failing to live up to the privilege and honour of serving in such a place.

In Arab culture, displaying the sole of one’s foot or touching someone, or something sacred, with a shoe or with feet is considered highly offensive.

A picture of the policeman leaning on the sacred cube triggered a heated debate on social networks in the Muslim world with reactions ranging from gentle understanding of his condition after hours of confronting challenges to outright condemnation for not respecting the sanctity of the place.

Prince Mishal told the head of the Makkah police Abdul Aziz Al Sooli to hold dedicated workshops and training sessions to educate the security and civilian staff at the Grand Mosque on ways of behaving and of dealing with people in order to offer the best services, local news site Sabq reported on Tuesday.

Officials initially said that the security man was not wearing shoes, but rubber sockets that staff at the Grand Mosque used regularly.

In 2008, in a display of his revulsion to the American occupation of his country, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar Al Zaidi hurled his shoes at then US president George Bush as they conducted a press conference in Baghdad.

Muslims often refrain from allowing their shoes to be turned upside down in order to avoid the sole from ‘facing God’. It is also customary to take off shoes before entering mosques and homes.


  • Tahir

    May 28, 2014 6:47

    Please remove this picture thanks

  • M, Iqbal Salim

    May 28, 2014 6:45

    Dear Editor, If you are follower the Islam, have to hide such these typeof sensitive issues I humbly request to you please remove this by allsources. May Allah forgive us and give guidance Ameen.

  • Andeel

    May 28, 2014 6:33

    Please remove such contents immediatly.

  • Muhammad AbdulLatif

    May 28, 2014 6:31

    Perhaps the man did not intend to put his feet on the Kaaba and wasdoing so to prevent himself from falling into the crowd of people and bepossibly crushed. I don't think he intended to put his feet on the Kaabarather on instinct to prevent himself from falling he put his feet back.We shouldn't decide his punishment.

  • Mehwish

    May 28, 2014 6:07

    Please remove this picture, immediately

  • Adeel

    May 28, 2014 6:06

    Dear Editor, Requesting you to please remove such intimating picture asrequested my Muslims. IT's totally unacceptable that such a pictured inpublished and not removed despite so many requests.

  • Sohail Baig

    May 28, 2014 6:02

    Its my humble request kindly remove this picture as soon as possible.This kind of picture should not be posted at any cost. It hurts myselfand millions to see this picture. Hope admin will remove this picture,the irrespective policeman must be punished & no one can do likethis. These kind of employees should remove from their jobs or transferto them other place which they deserve it. Regards

  • Ameer

    May 28, 2014 5:34

    Dear GN , me also requesting to remove the pics pls ...........pls

  • jaffar

    May 28, 2014 5:21

    It hurts, because this is the most sacred place in Islam visited bymillions on daily basis. To display this picture IS even more hurting.STRICT ACTION TO BE TAKEN ON THIS POLICEMAN AND ALL THE OTHER POLICEMANTO BE MADE AWARE AND TRAINED. This type of behavior spoils the image ofyour police force as well as your country. May almighty Allah guidehim.

  • Abdul MAjed

    May 28, 2014 5:20

    Dear Editor, Requesting you to please remove suchintimating picture. Allah Knows best the condition of that securityguard than all of us. The Job alhamdullah he is doing is Great butmistakes may happen and Allah is rahamn to forgive that Inshaalla. May bethat Police man got tired and unconsciously his leg touchesthe Kaaba Sharif. May Allah Forgive us and Forgive this Man also. Noperson knows the real feeling on Man's inside heart except AlmightyAllah alone.

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