While today’s capacity usually allows 2,500,000 pilgrims, the rest of us can benefit from advances in science and technology, watching via TV broadcasts and, for those wanting more, discover a digital hajj experience.
With half of the world’s population, i.e. 3.5 billion people, having smartphones, there are many mobile apps allowing people, Muslims and non-Muslims, to learn about hajj.
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Below is my review of some of these creative ideas offered by developers to give Muslims an experience of hajj.
Opening to a man in ihram, a ritual state, with a style of dress comprising two cloths traditionally worn by the pilgrim, once you get past the pop-ups asking you to subscribe and rate, the visuals are rich and welcoming.
The courtyard with its central fountain has archways – as one would see in an Andalusian mosque, on all four sites, with several portals underneath each taking you into a different aspect of the hajj experience.
You can learn about Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice, the night prayers, visit the Ka`bah, learn about the Battle of Badr, Mina, visit Arafat, and even jump into a virtual hajj.
Not all of the gateways are ready and accessible yet, so you get a taste of what is to come. However, what is accessible is pretty cool, with information points throughout providing easy learning and information points for young and old alike.
My rating: 9/10 – Not quite complete but what is available now works well, and this is what makes any app usable
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