By Bill Chappell
Live streaming views of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to virtually all non-Muslim visitors, are playing online, depicting pilgrims’ visits for the holy month of Ramadan. The video shows the faithful performing prayers and circumambulation around the Kaaba, the sacred cube at the mosque’s center.
The sounds and images are featured in Google’s new Ramadan hub, using the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information’s YouTube channel. The Google hub also seeks to connect Muslims who are celebrating the month-long holiday of daytime fasting and the nightly meals.
“This year, as families around the world celebrate Ramadan, we have some tips on how you can more easily keep in touch and share moments with the people you care about,” Google says, in a blog post written by Hadi Raad, the company’s head of marketing in the region. [Read more…]