Founder of Hajjnet, Ali Dabaja, explains how he is using apps to help pilgrims get the most out of their Hajj experience
Every year millions of Muslim pilgrims focus their attentions on one place – Makkah.
Ever since Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) first led his companions on the first pilgrimage from Medina to Makkah in the year 629, the ‘major pilgrimage’ – Hajj – has been an integral part of Islam.
Today, devotees from around the world make their way to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, performing various rituals along the way.
Indeed, it is one of the religion’s five pillars, and as such is a duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so at least once in his or her lifetime.
Taking place each year during the month of Dhu al-Hijjah – the last month of the Islamic calendar – Hajj is the largest gathering of Muslims in one place at one time, with more than 3m people attending annually.
Add to that the number of people performing Umrah – the non-compulsory ‘lesser pilgrimage’ which can take place any time – and Makkah regularly welcomes several million people to the Al-Masjid al-Haram mosque, and other sacred sites, each year.
Logistically tricky at the best of times due to the sheer numbers, performing Hajj and Umrah has an added layer of difficulty due to the specific rituals and actions required during the experience. And this is all on top of ensuring you have the correct clothing, hotel booking, flight details, and much, much more.
With so much to remember, and such importance placed upon it, it’s no surprise that a raft of books, websites, and now apps have emerged over time to help people navigate their way successfully through the pilgrimage.
With varying levels of quality and user-friendliness, however, there was a sizeable gap in the modern market for a comprehensive, interactive, fun, and visually stunning app to be launched.
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