Indonesian women troll cleric who ‘banned’ selfies

Felix Siauw issued a fatwa stating that taking pictures of yourself is a 'sin'

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Never ask a woman not to take a selfie, especially if she is Indonesian it seems.

Many Indonesian women declared a social media war on Felix Siauw, a renowned cleric who issued a fatwa claiming that taking self portraits was a sin. The women’s response? Launching the hashtag campaign #Selfie4Siauw.

In a tweet stream, the cleric issued a 17-point manifesto in which he outlined the reasons for condemning selfies, according to the website Coconuts Jakarta.

“If we take a selfie, sift through and choose our best pose, and then we’re awed and impressed by ourselves - worryingly, that’s called PRIDE,” Siauw wrote.

“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?” he continued.

The 30-year-old cleric has over a million followers on Twitter.

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