The Grand Mosque is now providing pilgrims with a mobile phone app that can keep track of their rounds during the tawaf or circumambulation of the Kaaba.
The Tawaf app is available through the Google Play Store and can be downloaded and connected to the mosque’s system. It issues an alert when the pilgrim completes the seventh and last round, Arab news reported.
According to Bandar Al-Khuzaim, director of the information technology center at the presidency, the introduction of Wi-Fi service in Mosque is part of a series of technological services being introduced by the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques for the benefit of the faithful.
“The presidency will also make available Bluetooth service for worshippers in the mataf so that those who perform tawaf can know the number of rounds of circumambulation that they have finished”, he added.
Al-Khazeem said the app has been developed with Umm Al-Qura University’s technical innovation center.
Free Wi-Fi service in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque will be helpful at establishing online contacts between the presidency staff and worshippers, he said.
The Saudi Press Agency said that presidency staff will use this popular wireless networking technology to send guidance and awareness text messages to pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque
“The presidency has also introduced the issuing and renewal of online booking of iftar meals at the Grand Mosque. Both individuals and firms can take advantage of this service to donate iftar meals for worshippers,” he said.
Al-Khuzaim announced that a new facility has been introduced for the electronic registration for performing itikaf (seclusion in the mosque to worship Allah) in six languages. They are Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Turkish and Persian.
A similar online facility is available for those who want to visit the Grand Mosque Exhibition and the Kaaba cover (kiswa) factory, he added.. Tags: #Saudi #
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