For the first time in history, the rest of the world was able to get a peek at Mecca during Laylat al-Qadr, the 27th night of Ramzan knows as the “night of power.”
The prayers in Mecca were live-streamed to the world over instant messaging app Snapchat, which curated images and videos submitted by users into a live stream using its live stories feature, which it launched in August 2014. According to Snapchat, the end result of this feature “is a Story told from a community perspective with lots of different points view.”
Live Stories essentially lets users collaborate on sharing videos from specific places and events, which Snapchat then curates into a single stream. The company did something similar with Wimbledon, which was an ongoing ‘story’ with visitors to the tennis tournament posting videos.
According to the BBC, more than 3,00,000 people tweeted the stream using #Mecca_live as the hashtag.
The live stream showed hundreds of worshipers in the holy city.
We also got some stunning images of people praying toward the Ka’ba, which Muslims believe to be the “house of God.”
There were, of course, selfies.
And, of course, cats. This is the internet, after all