Popular Indonesian cleric Felix Siauw declared 'selfies' sinful and urged people to avoid taking them, especially women, Quartz reported.
Taking to his Twitter account, the cleric said that those who took selfies were succumbing to pride, ostentation and arrogance.
Referring to women, Siauw said that women who indulged in taking selfies were 'shameless' and 'unpure'.
With over one million followers on Twitter, the cleric tweeted "These days, many Muslim women take selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just – My Goodness – where’s the purity in women?"
According to The Daily Mail, he said that selfie-takers were desperate for social media views which made them ostentatious, adding that taking selfies made people feel 'cooler' and that we've fallen into the worst sin of all - arrogance.
Of course, this provoked retaliation on Twitter against his messages by many Indonesians. Hundreds of men and women have started posting selfies on the social media using the hashtag #Selfie4Siauw.
Some even took a comical approach by posting selfies with a camel and a great white shark using the same hashtag.
Much recently, a prominent religious scholar in Saudi Arabia who issued a fatwa against snowmen.
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