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August 25, 2009

Celebrating Ramadan on the iPhone

Posted: 02:51 PM ET

The month-long Islamic observance of Ramadan began on August 21 this year, inspiring one iReporter and iPhone enthusiast to explore how technology and religion collide.

"I was in Morocco for a couple of weeks and people were talking about Ramadan (taking place) in summertime,” Antonio Lopez Herreros explained. Before long, he found an iPhone application called the iQuran, which allows users to read the Quran.

Herreros introduced the app to two of his friends in Morocco and captured them sharing their joy about the Ramadan season with each other, using their iPhones in a short film he calls “Ramadan is Coming (Where is my iPhone?).”

“The inspiration for ‘Ramadan is Coming’ was to join the joy of this religious month with the technology with maximum respect,” explained Herreros. “When you are happy, you want to share with your friends and family all the special moments. In this film they share special moments with the iPhone in their daily lives.”

This isn’t the first time that the iPhone has appeared in Herreros’ iReports. In July of last year, he excitedly covered the launch of the iPhone in his hometown of Madrid, Spain. He then introduced the smart phone to his grandmother and her best friend, created a short film based on their love for the device and posted it on In the film, the two are completely in awe as they discuss the latest iPhone applications.

Herreros composes original music for his films and they are all shot, of course, on his iPhone.

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vfitz   August 26th, 2009 1:46 am ET

The Quran and the Bible apps are pretty straight forward uses. With an app called iQibla, using the latest iPhone 3G and it’s built in GPS, Muslims also now have the ability to find the exact direction of the Qibla – quickly – using their iPhones. Meanwhile I've been praying that I will just find my iphone somewhere in my couch. 😉

Adry   August 27th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

It has been a very good idea to have such apps in your phone. You have your daily prayer in your pocket and your passages for if you feel lost and if you need to pray you have your Qibla.

Laurah   August 31st, 2009 8:25 am ET

Its great to have this device in our generations, at least we will always have the Qibla right at any point in time with the app phone.

Islam and democracy   January 14th, 2012 11:32 am ET

"they which loveth the lifestyle will lose it ; and he that will hateth their living nowadays should ensure that is stays on to lifestyle everlasting."ramadan

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