Islamic phone features 29 Quran translations; points to Mecca
December 7th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Islamic phone features 29 Quran translations; points to Mecca

By Moni Basu, CNN

Nwe Delhi (CNN) -
What could possibly be more popular than the latest iPhone? An Indian company is hoping that among India's Muslims, it will be the new Quran mobile, a smartphone loaded with Islamic features.

The new ENMAC Quran MQ3500 phone, launched last month in India, comes with Islam's holy book translated in 29 languages and a compass that directs users toward Mecca. Muslims bow in the direction of the holy city for prayers five times a day.

The $76 phone also features an Islamic calendar, downloaded holy books, a calculator for zakat (donation to charity) and an automatic ring silencer that can be set up for prayer times at mosques.

Niyas Ahmed, a 35-year-old New Delhi engineer, traded in his old Nokia for the new Quran phone 10 days ago.

"They are providing a great service," he said about being able to read the Quran whenever he had time to spare, no matter where was.

Network engineer Mohammad Mohsin, 28, bought the phone for his father.

"The concept is great. It maximizes one's reading time," he said.

Mohsin said the phone is sure to do well in India. All his father's friends, he said, are curious about the uniquely Islamic device that is the first of its kind in India.

Anuj Kanish, head of TolMol, the Indian online comparison shopping network that launched the phone, said the Quran mobile is already on back order. He said it will be more widely available in stores starting in January.

ENMAC, a Malaysia-based Islamic digital products company, developed the Quran phone - also available in several Middle Eastern countries, Pakistan and Malaysia.

But India, said Kanish, has potential for massive sales.

India is home to 180 million Muslims, the world's third largest Muslim population, and a rapidly growing mobile phone user market. More than 800 million Indians - from the poorest rickshaw pullers to wealthy entrepreneurs - own mobile phones.

Unlike Hindus, who form a majority of India's 1.2 billion people, Muslims have well-defined daily rituals, Kanish said. The Quran phone is ideally suited for Islam, he said.

Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of the India Islamic Cultural Center, agreed. He hopes the new cell phone will reinvigorate interest in Islam.

"Until a Muslim understands the Quran, he cannot understand Islam," Qureshi said. "One should read the Quran every day. This phone will help a lot."

Mohsin, the young network engineer who bought the phone for his father, wasn't so sure how the Quran phone would play among those of his generation who can afford more sophisticated phones.

His friends, he said, may still opt for emails, Facebook and Twitter on an iPhone. Or perhaps download an Islamic app. But for millions of other faithful, the Quran phone could just very well be the "in thing."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • India • Islam • Quran • Technology

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    December 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
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      December 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  7. Iqbal Khan

    To all those ignorent and uneducated people about Islam, please stop making fun of Islam go and gain some knowledge first, do you know Islam is not a new religeon? it was the religeon of all the Prophets of God Almighty from Adam,Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jacob Jesus, etc. to Muhammad peace be upon all of them.
    Islam just means to surrender to the creator and attain peace,to start check out some of the following websites:
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    Khalid Yaseen--Abdul Raheem Green--Siraj Wahaj-–Shuaib Webb-–Yusuf Estes--Yvonne Ridley--Dr.Jerald Dirks
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    Yusuf Estes and many more They all reverted (converted) to Islam after studying deep about Islam.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
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    December 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
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    December 8, 2011 at 8:37 am |
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    Tom tom. Report this... *POOT* <-right in your face. And this... PHUCK YOU!!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  12. hesalive

    Satan loves a billion Muslims who don't know Jesus Christ as the risen Son of God. Jesus accepts any sinner willing to repent of their sins and follow Him to heaven.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      You are enti.tled to your opinion no matter how misguided it is. As are too the muslim believers. And update...he is dead. Your own book tells you so. Stories about his resurrection are as credible as tales about UFO abductions or Big Foot based on all available evidence(or lack thereof). Wishful thinking doesn't make what you believe true. Only reason, evidence and facts allow the truth to be revealed. You have none.
      But keep on spouting your fallacies....you are helping to demonstrate the why religious belief should be opposed. A day of reckoning is approaching for all the deceptions your ilk are responsible for.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  13. derp

    "The $76 phone also features an Islamic calendar, downloaded holy books, a calculator for zakat (donation to charity) and an automatic ring silencer that can be set up for prayer times at mosques"

    It also comes preloaded with a half pound of C4 that can be detonated remotely after downloading the "JJihadi" app.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Jim

      So, when r u getting yours?

      December 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  14. Mark from Middle River

    Wow.... pretty late there CNN. There have been Muslim Apps on smartphones for years now. Including ones that point towards Mecca.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  15. TSA Agent Smith

    Welcome to Dulles International. Please put the contents of your pockets in this pail. What a second.. what's that? A phone? Hmm... You say it does what, exactly? Sorry, but we have to confiscate it. We wouldn't want it 'pointing to Mecca' at 37,000 ft.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Sorry, what are you implying that 'pointing to mecca' is a euphemism for?

      December 8, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  16. Foehner

    I expect there to be a GPS function that can be used to track them like in other phones. Now if there was a small charge in there as well we could blow all their heads off in one fell swoop!

    December 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  17. Bignutz

    CNN quit blogs about Islam religion. I dont care if they have a phone that points to rmecca. Make it point to the north pole.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  18. hippypoet

    confused on which way to go – they have an app for that!

    December 7, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • ThisIsWhy

      Bomb making made easy? There's an app for that.

      December 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      hippy, your comments get worse and worse as time goes on. Running out of fresh material? Perhaps you should stop posting. I'm reporting all of your posts anyway.

      December 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
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