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First multi-language app for hajj pilgrimage launched

Muslim pilgrims takes pictures by their mobile to thousands of tents housing Muslim pilgrims are crowded together in Mina near Mecca. (File photo: AP)

The mobile app, prepared by Dr. Najeeb Qasmi, was launched by renowned scholar of Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) and King Faisal award laureate Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Azmi.

The app comes in Urdu, English and Hindi. The first one, “Haj e Mabroor” contains three books on hajj and Umrah, nine speeches, a Haj & Umrah presentation and 21 articles. This app is a useful guide for the pilgrims who can read the books and articles available at any time without the need for internet connection.

Hundreds of informative questions and answers related to hajj and umrah are also available.

The app is the first of its kind in the world in providing rich information about the Muslim pilgrimage in three languages.

The second app, “Deen e Islam,” consists of 175 articles dealing with different aspects of life, 75 speeches, and seven books. It is also the first mobile app in the world which has such religious treasure in three languages on 21 religious topics.

Dr. Azmi said: “Today, anti-Islamic elements are criticizing Islam and striving hard to create doubts in the minds of Muslims about the origin and authenticity of the Qur’an and Hadith. Since theses conspiracies by Orientalists against Islam and the Qur’an are being carried out in different European languages, our Islamic scholars are unaware of them and are not able to counter them. About 70 organizations in Germany alone have collated and are working on a 20-year project of creating doubt in the minds of Muslims about the compilation of the Qur’an and weakening their faith in the authenticity of the Islamic resources.”

Founding member of Jamia Millia Islami Alumni Association (Riyadh), Dr. Shafatullah Khan, said: “Internet today is an effective tool for disseminating information. It can be used for educational purpose, for preaching Islam and removing misconception regarding Islam and Muslims etc. It will continue to affect our day to day life until it is replaced by other new technology. We need to make maximum use of it in conveying Islamic teachings to the common people.”

Highlighting the features of these two apps, Dr. Qasmi said: “New technology has been used to develop these apps. Users can find them in Play Store or App Store by simply typing “Najeeb Qasmi” or “Hajj e Mabroor” and install them within two minutes.

This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on September 2, 2015.

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