Smart Mosques Around the World
There are approximately 3.6 million mosques around the world, which translates to around 500 Muslims for every mosque. With a 1.3 percent per annum growth, the number of mosques around the world is expected to reach 3.85 million by 2019, according to Delloitte.
In the era of technology and innovation, hundreds of mosques have planned to adapt high-end technology for their infrastructure.
As the world is passing through climate change crisis, modern face of Islam promotes harmony among all communities through sustainable developments which can help in mitigating global warming.
Many global companies have been involved in building high-end technology for mosques around the world. One of the most interesting is the new ‘smart mosque’ solution by Honeywell. Their technology helps in climate management solution that uses the mosques GPS location and the current date to calculate pray times and bring down the internal temperature of the mosque before the arrival of the worshipers.
Chinese company ZTE has also developed a solution for public safety using RFID technology, which allows mosque managers to analyze how many people are visiting the mosque, the peak times and any crowding issues. It also helps worshipers to access smart services such as contactless payment, personal lockers, smart parking and GPS location through an all-in-one ‘smart card’.
So…let us now have a look towards "The most popular SMART Mosques "
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi is not just popular for its mesmerizing beauty but also for its technological aspects. It uses smart building technology to monitor and control the environment. which not only controls the air temperature but also the air quality When the sensors detect a reduction in the quality of air, the building management system automatically brings in fresh, cool air to maintain a consistently high quality, at a temperature appropriate to the occupancy. Isn't that fascinating??
2.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum mosque
Known as the first Quick response (QR) coded mosque in Dubai, and referred to as the world's first 'smart mosque' this mosque allows worshippers to get information about the mosque by scanning the QR code with their smart phones.
This code will give them access to information on the history, capacity, nature, area, prayer timings, lectures or courses offered by the mosque, along with information about Friday sermon..
3. The Hassan II Mosque
To combat climate change, Morocco’s Government is advocating greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies, Morocco looks forward create 600 environmentally friendly mosques by 2019.
The country has announced an initiative to turn hundreds of the country’s religious centers to 'GREEN' by using LED lighting, solar water heaters, and photovoltaic power systems.
The Hassan II Mosque is the fifth largest mosque in the world, while its minaret soaring into the sky at 689ft (210m) is the world’s tallest.
You get a sense of its grandeur from your approach through the expansive courtyard which can hold 80,000 people, while the mosque itself can accommodate 25,000 worshippers in simultaneous prayer. Six years and 6,000 craftsmen turned this mosque into an architectural marvel and indeed one of the most technologically advanced mosques in the world, featuring earthquake-proof construction, heated floors, electric doors and an electronic sliding roof.
The mosque’s location, in which approximately half the structure is directly over the Atlantic Ocean, was inspired by the Quranic verse the “Throne of God is upon the water”.
4. Badriya Juma Masjid, Kodi, Karnataka
Bad-riya Jum’a Masjidhas integrated Islamic architecture and sustainable technologies. The important feature of this green building is that its entire energy requirement is met through hybrid renewable energy, both wind and solar.
The ‘L’ shaped building plan and elevated nature of the prayer hall, green vegetation and water tanks around it offer a naturally cooled environment. The solar heat reflecting terrace floor, laid with white china mosaics and fitted with turbo vents , not only keep the prayer space cool, but also reduces warming of local micro climate.
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