Snapchat curated the videos created by its users and presented them a single stream for other Snapchat users to view. It’s part of a push for Snapchat to become a live TV replacement, and so far has included stories from events like Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement and the removal of the Confederate Flag in South Carolina.
Muslims consider Mecca the holiest place on earth.
Their request was answered, and Snapchat featured videos and pictures that portrayed Muslims breaking their fast on dates and rice, and worshipping all night long by praying, performing the holy pilgrimage and reciting the Quran.
On Monday just over a million people tweeted out under the hashtag, celebrating the “live” story which featured worshippers in the city, people in prayer and the joyful atmosphere in the city. This event, known as “Laylat Al-Qadr“, was broadcast during the Mecca Live Snapchat Story. According to Islamic tradition, Mecca was the site where Abraham built the Kaaba, where Muhammad was born, and where he had his first revelation of the Quran.
Millions of Muslims journey to Mecca every year for the culmination of the holy night of Ramadan.
Because Mecca is non-accessible to people who aren’t Muslim, the Snapchat feature has gained a lot of attention on social media.
I’m not Muslim but the #mecca_live snapchat story really is handsome!
“I’m ecstatic that Snapchat showcased this special and momentous occasion, because for the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, this is what Islam is all about!”
Qadhi told The Huffington Post he is optimistic about the live feed dispelling misconceptions about Islam.