: Jul 14, 2015

Snapchat Honors Muslim Holiday With Live Video Feed

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Huffington Post ran a story about the live Makkah Snapchat event on Laylat al-Qadr. I was quoted in it a few times.

“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,” Yasir Qadhi, an American Muslim scholar and dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, told The Huffington Post in an email.

“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.”

For Qadhi, the inclusion of Mecca in Snapchat’s Live section showed promise for further education about a misunderstood faith.

“I’m ecstatic that Snapchat showcased this special and momentous occasion, because for the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, THIS is what Islam is all about!” Qadhi said in an email to HuffPost. “If only the world saw this as the ‘real’ Islam (for it is the real Islam!), I think the perception that people have of us would change dramatically.”

See the full story here:


Snapchat Honors Muslim Holiday With Live Video Feed

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