A new mobile application aimed directly at the Muslim community has launched. The Muslim Directory App is available of the Android and Apple platform and is free for any one who has a smart phone, tablet or an iPhone. Mohammad Amra, the brains behind the new app, aims to make it an easy navigation tool for Muslims on the go. He’s dubbed the app “power in the palm of your hand.”
“What we want to do is connect South African Muslims with each other,” Amra explained.
“If you go onto the Apple and GoogleStore, search for Muslim Directory and within that you will see a green background with a mosque… that is the Muslim Directory.”
The Muslim Directory App, at the moment, only has one category that provides all the masajid and salah khaanas throughout the country. Currently, about 900 mosques are established in South Africa.
The database is still being added to due to find more mosques and prayer rooms.
“We got a team of people, nationally, searching and exactly pinpointing with co-ordinates and with Google Maps,” Amra said.
The application is very convenient in terms of finding a particular masjied as it finds the exact address of your request. One of the features to be added to this category is salah times.
“900 mosques are to come on board. The beauty of this app is that we would connect directly to the masjid itself. And I think that’s never been done before,” said Amra.
One of the aims of this app is to share the kind of facilities available at the masjid, for example, a women’s section.
They also aim to halal restaurants, schools, madrassas, relief organisations and other Muslim organisations available on this application.
If you are a sheikh, mualim or trustee of a mosque, you may check whether your masjid or salaah facilities are already uploaded onto the Muslim Directory App. If it is not, the application has a registration feature. Your co-ordinates will then be added to the database at no cost.
“And spread the word,” Amra added. VOC (Shanaaz Abrahams)