Performing a religious ritual like hajj and using a smartphone is no contrast. Modern Muslim pilgrims can stay connected via platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Ali Almakhlafi reports
When pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in Mecca these days, an increasing number of them will have their friends with them: either in person next to them, or in the social networks they connect to via their smartphones. This helps them share their impressions from the pilgrimage with the world in real time.
Some of them use their smartphones for practical purposes, too: they look up hajj rituals, connect with people they’ve met or they communicate with their friends and families at home.
Local authorities also use new media to offer services to pilgrims. Hostels and local guides have their own Facebook sites targeting pilgrims. The hajj pilgrimage – the largest religious gathering in the world – has entered the digital 21st century.
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