Watch the Mecca video stirring up another Saudi controversy
Twitter is getting crazy over a Saudi doctor's scooter ride around Mecca. (Twitter)
Social media in Saudi Arabia was all aflutter Tuesday over the video of a man using a motorized scooter to circle around his pilgrimage in Mecca.
In a horribly-shot vertical video, you see a robed man soaring past the rest of his fellow pilgrims with little circles of light at his feet. This sparked outrage online and even prompted a fatwa specifically banning the use of scooters during Hajj.
Here's the video:
The clip triggered a barrage of Twitter responses. We also heard from the scooter-rider himelf — revealed as Baraa Hamed, a Saudi Arabian doctor in the capital Riyadh. On his Facebook, the physician said he used the scooter because he was incredibly tired after performing a 15-hour surgery. After all, he said, isn't religion supposed to make someone's like easier?
We're not sure how his own response will work on his fatwa-donning opposers, but for now we're just filing this story away in the "things that blew up on Twitter in Saudi" folder. Have a look at some of the social media defenders and complainers below.
شي عادي مثله مثل الكراسي المتحركه لكن السكوتر فقط فيه شويه خطوره ع المعتمر نفسه لانه ممكن يختل توازنه ويطيح .. #معتمر_يطوف_حول_الكعبة_بسكوتر— عمر القرني (@omar191930) September 1, 2015
This is just like a wheelchair, but my objection is that he might just fall down.
رد المعتمر الذي طاف بالسكوتر كان في عمليات 15ساعةوذهب للبيت العتيق لشكر الله على نجاح العملية يطلع نكره ويحرم #معتمر_يطوف_حول_الكعبة_بسكوتر— محمد الحمد (@hamdooon525) September 1, 2015
He is a doctor who just finished a 15 hours surgery successfully; he was tired and wanted to thank Allah for the surgery.
Very soon we will see people circumnavigate around the Kaaba using this machine, you takeoff from you house roof and start the journey.
#معتمر_يطوف_حول_الكعبة_بسكوتر اليوم scooter وبكرا وبعدها skateboard ويااااليل مطولك— (@octo0ober) September 1, 2015
This time they used a scooter, the next time they will use a bicycle.