New App: Hajjnet
An ex-banker seeks to make Islamic faith fulfilment and travel more informed and accessible
A Dubai based start-up company called Hajjnet has launched the region's first smartphone app dedicated to supporting millions during the Hajj pilgrimage. With key features that can run without a live Internet connection, it offers today's pilgrims the real-time, location and process based support required to allow them to be more focused on the spiritual aspects of Hajj, plus avoid possible pitfalls and make the experience more safe and personal.
The app provides guidance in every step and in real-time.
Features of the app include prompting pilgrims to read or hear the appropriate prayers at the right time and place; counting the number of circuits made around the Kaaba; and full camera, map and Social Media integration.
The mapping features of HajjSalam are extremely important to pilgrims with key locations beautifully plotted on the app's map, which is equipped with full GPS functionality.
HajjSalam also has a special feature that allows them to tag their tent in the app's map to easily find that specific tent when returning to Mina, which is the largest temporary city in the world, and the site where millions of pilgrims stay for two of the five nights, this means that today's pilgrims can now see where they are in relation to the key landmarks and routes and also know what's around them and even find the nearest mosque or hospital on the app's map.
Another key feature allows pilgrims to create and manage a personal list, which is always accessible from the app's toolbar. A packing list helps them prepare for the journey and not forget essential items; while a digital journal helps them record and share personal moments and photos with loved ones. The app also has a process overview that allows the pilgrim to know exactly where he or she is in the process.
"The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages are so extremely important to many of us not only in the Gulf Region but all over the world. There was a tremendous need for an app that could support pilgrims from the moment they set about preparing throughout every step of the pilgrimage..." Explains Ali Dabaja, founder and CEO of Hajjnet.
The ex-banker goes on to say, "Our goal is to help Muslims focus on the spiritual aspects of Hajj by relieving some of the pressure of the process and logistical challenges that cause so many issues."
Dabaja founded Hajjnet in January last year, inspired by the many stories of the glory of the Hajj pilgrimage and its' challenges.
HajjSalam is available for a limited time as a free iPhone download, and soon on Android.