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Jakarta Post

Urbanites rely on smartphone apps to boost spirituality

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 10 2018   /  01:15 am

For busy Jakartans, smartphones not only serve as tools for earthly matters but also for spiritual enlightenment, as many rely on apps that feature religion-based services.

Irwan, 25, who uses his smartphone for many purposes, including to help him worship. He has downloaded an app called Muslim Pro to receive daily notifications on prayer times, to help find the qibla, read the Quran and even search for restaurants that serve halal food.

“The app is really useful, especially if I go out of town for work. The app is really helpful to find the qibla,” Irwan told The Jakarta Post, recently.

For Dwi Novitasari, 37, apps such as Muslim Pro help remind her of prayer times amid her busy schedule. “My schedule is quite packed, so I need a prayer reminder,” Novi said.

Besides Muslim Pro, she had also installed Quran and zikr (chanting in praise of God) apps so...