A new localized Mosque App has already had over 10,000 downloads since it was launched recently.
The My Mosque app is the brainchild of Amjad Ali, Ismail Mulla and Majid Iqbal who came up with the idea in 2012.
It took them over 18 months to develop the app which is available on both Apple and Android devices. The resulting App allows users to access up to date information of their local mosque including prayer times, news and events.
Amjad said, “We don’t think there are any apps out there for users that allow them to access so much information at the click of a button.
“Many mosques already have updates going out through an e-mail and text message service but this app takes things to a whole new level.
“It has proved extremely popular within a short space of time and we are hoping to develop it further in the coming year.”
The App has already been launched in South Africa as well as the UK. There has also been interest from users in America.
Mosques are able to send out notifications to all their subscribers regarding different programmes, events, fundraising, funerals, Eid, Ramadhan notices or even daily reminders.
You then receive these as text alerts on your mobile and can then review them from the Notifications tab in the App.
Ismail said, “As well as prayer times users are able to access a qibla direction (prayer direction) feature and an ‘Ask Imam’ section.
The Ask Imam feature allows users to send their questions directly to their local Masjid for the Imam or Scholar to review and answer.
All questions will remain anonymous, hence you are now able to ask your personal questions without having to speak face to face with your imams or scholars and benefit from their spiritual guidance.
“All mosques need to do is simply log on and register. And people can simply download the app.
“Whether you are travelling or not, My Mosque will list the Masajid nearest to you, their location and distance from where you are.
“You then simply subscribe to a mosque of your choice to receive all its information.
“Presently we have had over 12,000 downloads and over 180 mosques have registered with us.” Added Ismail.
There are plans now for the app to also cater for live streaming of events at mosques.
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