Snapchat's Mecca feature had some convert, others mock, and Muslims unable to tell the difference

Published July 14th, 2015 - 01:45 GMT
Muslim pilgrims pray as they join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Mecca. (AFP/Mohamed Elsheikh)
Muslim pilgrims pray as they join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Mecca. (AFP/Mohamed Elsheikh)

Snapchat on Monday featured Mecca and satisfied thousands after they campaigned for Islam's holy place.

Muslims around the world got on social media to watch videos of the Saudi city, hoping the exposure would change the perception of Islam amid constant media coverage of Daesh (ISIS)But the result was more than Muslims could've hoped for. 

Countless non-Muslims on Twitter expressed awe and appreciation for the religion's ability to unite millions around the world in Mecca. Some said they were moved to tears from the footage. Live video coverage of the holy city, combined with photos and videos of Muslims at the scene on social media, led some people to show genuine interest in learning more about Islam, even converting.

The positive feedback, though, backfired as some started mocking the trend. People tweeted about converting just to see how many retweets or new followers they got.

Others were serious about converting, but Muslims thought they weren't.

Regardless, numerous Muslims say they're ready to help for those who are serious about it.

By Hayat Norimine


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