Snapchat has honored the holy day of Laylat Ul Qadr through a dedicated live feed for Mecca. On Monday, people could scroll down to their ‘Stories’, navigate to the ‘Live’ feed and see the Holy City in all its glory.
The Live section on Snapchat was launched last year to group together photos and videos taken live in the same location. The same rules of the content disappearing after a while apply to the Live section as well.
The move comes after intense social media pressure over the weekend by Muslims all over the world to include Mecca in the Live section. The #MeccaLive hashtag was trending on pretty much all of the social media platforms.
Yasir Qadhi, an American Muslim scholar and dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, said:
As someone who’s visited the Grand Mosque in Makkah thousands of times … and prayed there on the night of the 27th of Ramadan at least a dozen times, I can tell you that it’s an experience like no other.
The air itself is electrifying; the crowds are far as the eye can see; the mood at once somber and exciting. People from all over the globe, dressed in all types of native dresses, all united in their worship, believing in One God, praying in unison, facing the same direction, invoking their Creator. The spiritual high that you feel in that gathering is something that cannot be described in words; only experienced.
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!
If only the world saw this as the ‘real’ Islam (for it is the real Islam!), I think the perception that people have of us would change dramatically
It’s great to see Snapchat showcasing another side of Islam. Instead of biased media coverage, people all over could see the real spirit of the religion on one of its most holy days with more than 2 million Muslims praying together. Nothing says religion of peace like that!
via Huffington Post