Snapchat’s decision to dedicate its live stream to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia has set social media alight, with hundreds of thousands of tweets on the topic. Digital analytics site Topsy recorded more than one million mentions on Twitter alone, as Muslim users first…Read More
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Our journey began with the intention of ihram: “I’ve made my skin, my hair, and my nails sacred for You, Allah.” I had prayed to be enveloped by enough light to lead me all the way to Mecca from my bedroom in hilly Amman, Jordan. Qibla-bound, we first stopped in Jeddah. I tried to remain indifferent to the lavishness of the glitzy port-city. Instead, I was excited by the prospect of completing umrah under the clear, starry nights of Mecca.