Struggle to get up for Fajr (dawn) prayers? Are you always confused about the correct timing for the first prayers of the day? Well, we might just have the answer to your, ahem, prayers.
Techies in Birmingham have put their brains together to come up with the perfect solution to the dilemma of Fajr prayers, already helping more than 150,000 British Muslims chasing the sun (rise).
OpenFajr is a project, headed up by Dr Shahid Merali, who has used an astronomy camera to capture 360-degree photos of the dawn horizon every day for a year.
Dr Merali managed to capture 25,000 images, which he then uploaded online and shared with 170 local mosques across the UK, as well as university experts from Cambridge and the Nautical Almanac Office. All participants then chose which images they thought captured the first light of each day, which signalled the Fajr prayers.
And guess what? Hundreds of UK mosques are now using a localised and synchronised timetable, making it easy and accessible to British Muslims to find out exactly when they need to perform Fajr prayers!
In London, the Stanmore Mosque has got its astronomy equipment ready to be set up to feed into a unified timetable for the 600,000 Muslims of London. In Peterborough, the Husaini Islamic Centre will also begin its own timetable before the end of the year.
But don’t worry, OpenFajr is looking to extend their work to every mosque across the Britain, uniting us all with our local communities in morning prayer.
At Ummahsonic, we’re very excited about the prospect of uniting British Muslims from all over the country through new technology, proving that modern innovation can be a major player in, community cohesion and bringing people together.