Thousands of Muslims from around the world have gathered at the iconic Holy Ka’aba in Mecca to celebrate the Ramadan holiday and undergo a spiritual journey.
Yasir Qadhi, an American Muslim scholar and dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, spoke to The Huffington Post in an email and stated:"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."
White, black, rich, poor, Asian, African or European, all in one place side by side praying to one God. Blessed to be Muslim???? #mecca_live— Um 3thba? (@3thoobah) July 14, 2015
Snapchat took a great initiative and launched a live feed from Mecca to make people from around the world feel part of the event too. The stories everyone posted on their Snapchat accounts were enjoyed by many after which the happenings of Mecca and the Snapchat live feed became extremely popular on Twitter. The hashtag #Mecca_live has been viral ever since and has attracted thousands of non-Muslims towards the religion, giving them a different view of Islam than is normally perceived.
i'm not muslim,but #mecca_live is truly astounding. just to see the dedication to their religion and the unity is stunning. SoHeartwarming💗!— Jimmae (@mAetweEets) July 14, 2015
I'm not Muslim but the #mecca_live snapchat story really is beautiful! Shows how peaceful Muslims truly are, despite the media's portrayal— שוקו חם (@LaraAkinbode) July 13, 2015
I swear the #mecca_live snapstory made me cry. Islam is beautiful ❤️🌙 dont let people give you a bad vision of this religion— Please justin F.M⛅ (@shoqebelieber2) July 13, 2015
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