Monthly Archives: July 2015

Get Snapchat and learn something?

Snapchat was never something I was interested in downloading. I always figured it was just for millennials and a way to share irrelevant and/or inappropriate photos and videos. But the other day, I learned something new.

One of my favorite Islamic Facebook pages posted about a “Snap Story” that was (briefly) available on Snapchat about the West Bank, Palestine.  I immediately downloaded the Snapchat app and watched as young people shared a glimpse into their daily lives.

Today, there is a Snap Story about Mecca, filled with scenes of Muslims fulfilling Umrah during Ramanda and specifically during Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power), which is the night that the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Snapchat, like anything, can be used for good and for bad, and I learned that it can give us insights to the lives lived on the other side of the world. They are human, just like us, and we are all better off if we can create connections with them.

Check out the West Bank Snap Story on YouTube: West Bank Snapchat

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