Photos of a young couple posing in front of a mosque's gate in Mecca stirred strong reactions across social media, as they posed as if praying to each other by the mosque's entrance.
هذين المنحليين بجده— Sherazade (@z888_n) March 20, 2020
صوماليه ويمنى يعنى الاجانب أخذين راحتهم بقله الحياء !
من أمن العقوبه أساء الادب #نطالب_بالقبض_على_المنحلين
هؤلاء الذين صدعوا رؤوسنا بهم #الاخوان بأخوك المسلم والامه الواحده? pic.twitter.com/w84IDJfNUB
Translation: "These immoral two are in Jeddah, she's a Somali and he's a Yemeni, which means that non-Saudis have been doing everything they want freely with no fear of being held accountable."
Online commentators accused the couple of "offending Muslims and the Saudi society" and called on authorities to hold them accountable accordingly.
اعوذ بالله يا رب نسمع خبر اعتقاله#شخص_يسجد_لفتاة— Canadian??? زوجي SAUDI?? (@alkanadiya) March 19, 2020
They don’t fear Allah. They should at least fear the rules of society & the punishment for doing this & spreading this filth
Our world is degenerating
Atheism, feminism, liberalism are CANCERS to SOCIETY
Translation: "I hope we hear news of their arrest"
في بلدنا السعودية ومجتمعنا المحافظ صاحب العقيدة القوية التي تعبد الله ع بصيرة لا علاقة لنا بهؤلاء من عبدة الفرج،و عبدة الشيطان هذا ماجناه علينا التجنيس والمشكلة انهم محسوبين علينا انهم من بلد العقيدة والتوحيد يجب تطهير الارض الطاهرة منهم#شخص_يسجد_لفتاه#نطالب_بالقبض_علي_المنحلين pic.twitter.com/nESfVkwxvU— DR.Mohamad ALHdla (@drmohamadalhdla) March 19, 2020
Translation: "In our country and in the heart of our conservative society with such strong faith in God, we have absolutely no connection with these people who glorify satan and female genital. This is what we've gotten in return for granting the Saudi nationality to such people. We should keep our land pure."
Many social media users went on to assume that the two individuals featured in the photos are not Saudis demanding their immediate deportation from the country.
Besides calling for their deportation, some Tweets associated the content of the photo which was posted on the woman's Instagram account, with ancient religious practices where women were worshipped by men.
This land must be purified from the corruption that struck our society, today we are at war against Satanic agendas such as atheism, feminism, LGBTQ etc...— A.M ? ?? (@Abdox4life) March 20, 2020
We will never give up, the light will prevail!!! #نطالب_بالقبض_علي_المنحلين
One social media user pointed out that the angry comments have been mostly attacking the young woman and calling to persecute her as if she was the only person in the widely circulated photos.
they’re only exposing the girl’s info which SAYS a fucking lot :/#نطالب_بالقبض_على_المنحلين— layan (@pweiodt) March 20, 2020
Through a Tweet on their page, officials of the Mecca region announced arresting the young couple and stated that they have been referred to the Public Prosecutor's Office for further procedures.
#شرطة_منطقة_مكة— إمارة منطقة مكة (@makkahregion) March 20, 2020
تُلقي القبض على شاب وفتاة بعد أن قام بالسجود بين يديها أمام أحد المساجد بـ #جدة
.. تمت إحالتهما للنيابة العامة لاتخاذ الإجراءات النظامية بحقهما#شخص_يسجد_لفتاة pic.twitter.com/qWCMB1UtqB
Translation: "Mecca's police have arrested a young couple after the young man was photographed kneeling before her near a mosque in Jeddah. They have been referred to the Public Prosecutor's Office to deal with them legally."
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