A translation receiver was invented by a Florida-based technology company to help pilgrims listen to the Friday sermon at the two Holy Mosques in multiple languages live.
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“Over 75% of Muslims around the world don’t speak Arabic,” says Mohamed Salahuddin, president and CTO of Divine Connect. “Many Muslims are emotionally connected to the sermon but don’t understand what the imam is saying. This device would give a spiritual awakening to the listeners.”
Divine Connect, a technology startup based in the United States, seeks to help individuals in their spirituality through technology and innovation.
Produced by a team of experts in technology and language, the receiver offers 7 languages, namely English, Indonesian, Persian, Turkish, Hausa and Urdu.
“It can reach to people of other religions who will be able to understand the content of our sermons,” says Salahuddin, who has a knack for inventions and has over 16 patents in his name.
Salahuddin’s idea came during his first umrah in 2012 when he faced the language barrier at a Friday sermon. The time to develop the product and launch it in the market took four years.
Asked about the challenges faced, he said, “We did not know anyone in Saudi Arabia. For a small company in the US, it took a while to present our idea to the Holy Mosques and for them to accept it.”
He added, “While installation inside the Haram, we faced technological difficulties on-site. There are 4-5 technologies we’re rolling out but we’ve been blessed to come through.”
The company looks to increase the translation to 35 languages in the coming years.
“We want to make sure it’s one of the best technologies in the world,” says Salahuddin. “We started out with FM broadcast and we intend to also have a digital proprietor network where people can use it with smartphones. Translation receiver device is very simple to use with on and off buttons, channels, and volume. You can connect the headphone as you’re sitting during the Friday sermon.”
Asked about their future plans, the team aims to take the project globally to mosques around the world where everyone would be able to comprehend the Friday sermons.
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