Snapchat’s “Mecca_live” allows non-Muslims to experience holy city

Thousands have taken to social media to celebrate the holy city of Makkah as Snapchat released a “story” celebrating Ramadan. Social media has been helpful in creating an environment of sharing religious occasions. Instagram has also been great for this. You can even buy instagram likes easily from Buzzoid in order to make sure these posts are appreciated.

Snapchat’s Live Story feature, released on Monday evening, enabled Muslims to collaborate and share personal videos of Makkah.

The social media giant’s decision was prompted by an online campaign from hundreds of thousands of Saudi Muslims to live stream the event under the hashtag “Mecca_live.”


It allowed a rare glimpse into the holy city for non-Muslims who are not allowed to enter.

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.

Muslims tweeted their thanks to Snapchat for streaming the event, as non-Muslims celebrated the peaceful and “beautiful” portrayal of the Islamic faith. One tweeted that the story had “changed my perspective of Islam”.

Social media was also deluged by Muslims inside Makkah who tweeted photographs and short clips. Tens of thousands of tweets about Makkah were posted on Monday night, according to analyst website Topsy.

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