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delaySAJDA a new emerging Muslim App

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Millions of Muslim across the globe can now download this real-time muslim mobile app that is making an impact on Salah. delaySAJDA is a mobile-first app that is using the power of our cell phones to calculate the allowed and forbidden times of Salah. Meet the developer who is trying to change how we use technology in our daily prayers. I had the opportunity to interview the developer of Delay Sajda. Here is what he had to say.

 

“Scholars have agreed that there are three times during the day when we are forbidden to offer any prayers, including make up prayers. These times are: when the sun rises up until it is above the horizon by the length of a spear (~12 minutes), when the sun is at its zenith (~7 minutes) and when the bottom of the sun’s disc touches the horizon until it sets (~7 minutes). During these times, no obligatory (farz)*, essential (sunnat), optional (nafal) and missed (qaza) prayers, and no prostration (Sajda-e-Tilaawat and Sajda-e-Sahv) are permitted.”

 

MTR: Tell me about yourself.

Jawed: My name is Jawed Aikal, originally from Pakistan, and now residing in Central New Jersey with my wife and four children. I have a master in Software Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and I work as Applications Manager at a major law firm.

MTR: What ignited the spark in you to start the App for delaySAJDA?

Jawed: I pray just like everyone else. Sometimes on-time and sometimes late. I had a general idea, again just like everyone else, that during sunrise, sunset, and zawal (solar noon), salah (prayer) was not allowed. While sunrise and sunset for any city is usually available on our cellphones, I haven’t seen zawal time anywhere. So, I had to calculate it manually. But that’s only part of the problem. Upon further research, I discovered that there is more to it in Shariah around those three forbidden times. I devised numerous mathematical formulae to calculate these times. This was, however, cumbersome on a daily basis, to say the least. Alhamdulillah, Almighty instilled a desire in my heart to put my education and experience to some use, and build a mobile app for myself and all of my brothers and sisters in Islam.

MTR: What was your mission at the onset?

Jawed: The mission was, first and foremost, to revive a forgotten Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed Sallallahu Alaih Wasalam (Bukhari:548, Muslim:1371 and 1373). Secondly, to inspire Muslim ummah to make our salah complete by appreciating its rules, etiquette, and regulations. Thirdly, to generate a perpetual source of income to benefit various humanitarian causes in the US and around the world.

MTR: What problem are you solving and for whom?

Jawed: We all perform salah. It has specific rules and guidelines around timing. The calculations are detailed and cumbersome. Why not leverage our cellphones to calculate the allowed and forbidden times automatically for us?

MTR: How is the mobile app used?


Jawed: Simplicity is the main theme. Everyone knows traffic light signal of red, yellow and green and their notification purpose of stop, warning and go, respectively. This app uses the same universal idea. The cellphone screen will turn red when you are not allowed to pray. It will turn yellow as a warning that the forbidden time is closely approaching within 5 minutes. At other times, it will remain green, signaling that you can pray as usual.

MTR: How can our readers get their hands on the app?

Jawed: The delaySAJDA mobile app is available on both App Store and Google Play for $1. The 50% of the proceeds will go towards humanitarian causes in the USA and around the globe insha’Allah.

MTR: What’s your favorite part of this kind of work?

Jawed: The belief and understanding that every minute of my day and night while I am putting effort into this beneficial work for the ummah, it is counted as ibaadah (worship). The religion can be so easy. All we have to do is straighten up our niyyah (intentions).

MTR: How is delaySAJDA collaborating with the community?

Jawed: The feedback, suggestions, and recommendations from family and community in large have been breathtaking. Having 50-50 partnership with Allah helps me give back to the community what Allah graciously provided in the first place.

MTR: What was the most important part of your journey?

Jawed: The faith. Reciting Prophet Musa’s dua, “Rab-bishraa lee sadri, wa yassir lee amree” (Translation: O My Lord, expand for me my chest, and ease my task for me), helped me strengthen that faith. Although I work in app development, I have been in management for over a decade. I couldn’t have developed this app without His help. He has been very kind and generous. I didn’t plan it as such, but Apple published the app on the Day of Arafat, and Google published it on 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal. Is this a sign? Absolutely!

MTR: What are your future plans for delaySAJDA?

Jawed: There is always room for improvement. While mandating that the mobile app remains easy-to-use and focused, I will insha’Allah continue to enhance it with feedback from our esteemed user community.

Jawed Aikal is inspired by ibaadha and a passion to help millions of Muslims across the globe to complete their salal according to Sunnah.

Download delaySAJDA today!

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Muzbnb The Future Of Muslim Travel

 

 

Muzbnb is a new travel start-up, that is tapping into the halal travel industry and providing a much-needed faith-based home stay servicing Muslim travellers.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Hadi Shakuur, CEO of “Muzbnb”. Here’s what he had to say…

 

MTR: Can you share with our readers the story of how Muzbnb came about?

 

Muzbnb: Muzbnb was born out of a desire to create something innovative to serve our community. It is a faith-based homestay network started by a group of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C.

 

“These are trying times for Muslims in the US and abroad and this company can serve as a beacon of light and hope that we (Muslims) are still here, still creating, still thinking about the sanctity of faith – not just ours, but faith in general.”

 

 

MTR: Who are the founders and what sets Muzbnb apart from your competitors?

 

Muzbnb: Muzbnb was founded by Hadi Shakuur and Muhammad Oda. Muslims have particular things to consider when traveling, like Where to offer Prayer, Where to find Halal food, Finding religiously acceptable events/activities, and finally Locating Muslim friendly lodging.This platform is something that we hope will alleviate the undue discrimination Muslims have faced when traveling, and also allow Muslims to travel and explore freely.

 

We will have search filters that highlight homes that are:

Close to Mosques or halal eateries,

Stocked with Qurans or Islamic literature,

Equipped with dedicated prayer spaces,

Alcohol-free + Drug-free,

Safe for women traveling alone,

Child-friendly, and much more

 

“We want Muslims to feel comfortable and accepted while traveling. Guests can also expect to experience a non-Islamophobic stay — feeling completely welcome from check-in to check-out!”

 

 

MTR: What problem do you solve for Muslim Travelers?

 

Muzbnb: We want Muslims to feel comfortable and accepted while traveling. Guests can also expect to experience a non-Islamophobic stay — feeling completely welcome from check-in to check-out!

MTR: How are you changing the future of the Muslim Travelers?

Muzbnb: There are sites that cater to Muslims globally, but the housing market remains untapped. We were expecting a positive reaction and the support has been incredible! We receive daily messages from people all over the world eagerly awaiting our launch. Our goal is simple: to encourage travel, adventure, and the building of a global community where Muslims feel comfortable and accepted while traveling. Our big dream is to create a global movement centered around experiences and culture of the diverse community we represent. We hope to be a sanctuary for all faiths to be welcomed as they explore and travel the world.

 

 

MTR: How can Muslim’s join Muzbnb?

Muzbnb: It’s easy to sign up with Muzbnb. Just go to www.muzbnb.com and click on “Get Started – Sign Up.”

MTR: How do our readers host their homes on Muzbnb?

Muzbnb: You can host your properties on our site with the click of a button. And the best thing, it’s free to sign up and list your property! You can easily select dates and set preferences for your homes. You can post shared or private rooms, entire houses, villas, boats and more.

MTR: Are there any conditions to being a host home?

Muzbnb: Begin by creating a profile for your place with all relevant information. Make sure your home stands out with detailed information, beautiful photos and a reasonable price. Host also have the option to showcase the unique amenities their home offers, making it a guest’s dream.You will also set the dates that your home is available for rent, house rules and further specifications.

Once a guest comes across your listing, they’ll request to book your place for specified dates. When a guest sends you a reservation request, you’ll be prompted via email, sms, or dashboard message.You will then be able to message the guest, getting to know them better and eventually make the decision to accept or reject the request. If you accept, you will make plans to receive the guest according to our Host ethics guidelines. Your guest arrives! This is where your superb hospitality is on full-display. Show them what you’re made of! Everything you’ve done previously should lead up to a smooth stay for your guest. All guests pay electronically before their stay so no need to collect any money. Your payment is automatically deposited into the account of your choosing 24 hours after your guest’s check-in date. Muzbnb charges 7.5% host service fee on each reservation.

MTR: What is the primary message you want to convey to your customers?

Muzbnb: Our service is meant to be inclusive. I’ve heard stories from my Muslim brothers and sisters of discrimination and difficulty they have faced when traveling. We hope Muzbnb can help alleviate some of those issues when traveling. On that same note, Muzbnb isn’t just limited to Muslims. Our platform is open to be used by all those who support the Islamic values of hosts and travelers. Unfortunately we live in a time where Muslims are under extra scrutiny. This is why there is a need to create safe spaces globally for Muslims.

 

“Our is to encourage travel, adventure, and the building of a global community where Muslims feel comfortable and accepted while traveling. I want to be a part of creating a global movement centered around the experiences and culture of the diverse community we represent. I truly believe that this can be a sanctuary for all faiths to be welcomed as they explore and travel the world.”

 

 

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