Watch this live video of Mecca during Snapchat’s feature on the holy city

Published July 13th, 2015 - 05:29 GMT
Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year to complete their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year to complete their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

For days thousands of Muslims ran a persistent social media campaign advocating for Snapchat to feature Mecca in Saudi Arabia

They succeeded. Snapchat on Monday featured the place of hajj, considered to be the holiest city in Islam where Muslims travel once in their lives for a pilgrimage. The hashtag #mecca_live went viral as Arabs made efforts to show a narrative of Islam that contrasts the way people see Daesh (ISIS).

Just a handful of rogue tweets instead used the hashtag #isis_live.

Here's footage of the city live — if this is your first time seeing Mecca, you'll be stunned.

By Hayat Norimine


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