SHAFAQNA -Â Thousands have taken to social media to celebrate the holy city of Mecca as Snapchat released a â€œstoryâ€ celebrating Ramadan.
Snapchatâ€™s Live Story feature, released on Monday evening, enabled Muslims to collaborate and share personal videos of Mecca.
The social media giantâ€™s decision was prompted by an online campaign from hundreds of thousands of Saudi Muslims to live stream the event under the hashtag â€œMecca_live.â€
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 â€œliveâ€ 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 â€œbeautifulâ€ portrayal of the Islamic faith. One tweeted that the story had â€œchanged my perspective of Islamâ€.
Social media was also deluged by Muslims inside Mecca who tweeted photographs and short clips. Tens of thousands of tweets about Makkah were posted on Monday night, according to analyst website Topsy.