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ONTD_Political's PotD: August 16, 2010.


The most ancient traditions of Islam are going high-tech, with a slew of modern offerings for those observing the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week. Cell phone applications such as "iPray" or "iQuran" offer a beeping reminder of requisite prayer times, while the "Find Mecca" and "mosque finder" programs help the Muslim traveler in an unfamiliar city find the nearest place to pray. The applications aren't just for Ramadan; there are Islamic-themed programs that help users find the nearest Costco offering foods prepared according to Islamic dietary rules, learn the correct Arabic pronunciations in a daily prayer, or count how many pages of the Quran they've read that day -- all on a mobile phone. The dates of Ramadan still are determined by the lunar calendar, and calculations can differ among Islamic communities around the world. In North America, many Muslims will mark the first day of Ramadan on Wednesday. But Islam never has been at odds with innovation, said Zinnur Tabakci, who runs an Islamic religious book and gift shop in Paterson, N.J. "Islam is not against technology. Now you can do it easier, faster," said Tabakci, who recently supplemented the strings of traditional prayer beads and religious texts he sells with a wall of mobile phone accessories to keep up with demand.



The under construction four-faced clock, atop the Abraj Al-Bait Towers is seen overlooking the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia Wednesday Aug. 11, 2010. The clock faces are 43 x43 m (141x141 ft). Saudi Arabia will test what it is billing as the world's largest clock in the holy city of Mecca during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the official news agency reported Tuesday. The tallest tower in the complex will stand as the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, tallest and largest hotel in the world, with a planned height of 601 m (1,972 ft), including a 200 ft spire. Upon completion, the structure would have the largest floor area of any structure in the world with 1,500,000 m2 (16,150,000 sq ft) of floorspace.

AP Photo/Essa Mohammad



Children in a Madrassa reciting the Holy Quran during the start of the holy month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Aug.12, 2010. Muslims all over the world observe this month by fasting, reciting the Quran and eating according to laid down custom.

AP Photo/Sayyid Azim



An Indian Muslim boy takes shade behind men offering Friday prayers at the Feroz Shah Kotla Mosque in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar where the observant fast from dawn till dusk.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer



A Muslim shopkeeper (L) sits next to mannequins at a shop for Malaysian and Indonesian Islamic dress in downtown Kuala Lumpur on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan on August 12, 2010. Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims across the world in which the faithful refrain from sexual activities, eating and drinking from sunrise until sunset. 

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images



Palestinian Muslim worshipers attend the weekly Friday prayers, the first since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 13, 2010. During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk and must instead spend time in prayer and contemplation.

SAIF DAHLAH/AFP/Getty Images



A Palestinian woman walks as an Israeli soldier casts his shadow, at the Kalandia checkpoint on her way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 13, 2010. Israel loosened some restrictions on Palestinian movement between the West Bank and Israel during the month long Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner



With the Dome of the Rock Mosque seen in the background, a Palestinian female Muslim worshipper prays during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, where observants fast from dawn till dusk.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen



A devout Muslim man wipes off tears after a session of prayers at Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar where observant fast from dawn till dusk.

AP Photo/Saurabh Das



An Indonesian women prays during the first night of Ramadan in Jakarta on August 10, 2010. The fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on August 11, is the ninth month of the Muslim Hijri calendar, during which the faithful abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during daylight and, in the evening, eat small meals and conduct evening prayers.

AFP/ Getty Images / Adek Berry



In this photograph taken on August 10, 2010 an official from the State Islamic University (STAIN), uses a telescope to observe the moon after sunset from the coast of Madura in East Java province of Indonesia on the eve of Ramadan. The exact dates of the start and the end of Islam's holy month Ramadan depend on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims observe the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar by abstaining from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset during Ramadan. The fast is one of the five pillars of Islam. Indonesia has the world's largest population of Muslims.

AFP/ Getty Images / Ahmad



Pakistani flood-affected people sleep outside their tents at a makeshift camp in Sukkur early on August 12, 2010, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

AFP/Getty Images / Aamir Qureshi



A Pakistani flood-affected woman prepares tea for family members before beginning their fast at a makeshift camp in Sukkur early on August 12, 2010, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The holy month of Ramadan is bringing nothing but misery for millions of Pakistanis who fled for their lives when catastrophic floods washed away their homes, villages and livelihoods.

AFP/Getty Images / Aamir Qureshi



A woman puts on her sandals after prayer at the Darul Uloom Institute in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. Muslims throughout the world pray and break their fast together, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

AP / Alan Diaz



Muslims line up for food as they break fast after sunset August 11, 2010 at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Getty Images / Alex Wong



Local resident Ahmad Issa (R) helps his daughter Yasmine (L) to put her shoes on after having said the sunset prayer August 11, 2010 at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Getty Images / Alex Wong



Omanis shop at a market on the first day of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Muscat on August 11, 2010.

AFP/Getty Images / Mohammed Mahjoub



Saudi men and Muslim foreign workers prepare to break their fast at a mosque on the first day of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in the port city of Jeddah on August 11, 2010.

AFP/ Getty Images / Amer Hilabi



Palestinian Muslim girls hold traditional Ramadan lanterns while celebrating the at Jerusalem's old city after breaking the fast on the first day of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan on August 11, 2010.

AFP/ Getty Images / Ahmad Gharablia



Palestinians walk under colored lights as they go to the first evening prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque at Jerusalem's old city Damascus Gate after breaking the fast on the first day of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan on August 11, 2010.

AFP/ Getty Images / Ahmad Gharablia



Muslims offer prayers before the start of the holy month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

AP / Mahesh Kumar A



Pakistani shopkeepers prepare delicacies for the Islamic month of Ramadan, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Karachi, Pakistan.

AP / Fareed Khan



Residents and tourists crowd on a beach of Rabat on August 11, 2010 on the eve of the Ramadan beginning in the country. Ramadan today began for most Sunni Muslims as heat waves gripped many countries and leaders hoped the holy fasting month would reinforce piety and reconciliation among communities.

AFP/ Getty Images / Abdelhak Senna



A Sudanese woman shops on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan at the market of Umdorman, on the northern outskirts of the capital Khartoum, Sudan Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

AP / Abd Raouf



A Palestinian man looks at lights for sale, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



Orphans attend a briefing on the holy month of Ramadan, which is to begin Thursday in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

AP / Pavel Rahman



Muslim children point to the new moon ushering in the holy month of Ramadan, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

AP / Pavel Rahman



An Afghan man prays after offering prayers on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010.

AP / Ahmad Massoud



A Palestinian man prepares "Qatayef", traditional Arab pancakes, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on August 11, 2010 in Jerusalem's old city.

AFP/ Getty Images / Ahmad Gharabli



Lebanese "musaharati" Mohammed Fanas lights up a lantern before waking up observant Muslims for their overnight "suhur" meal before the day's fast in the old city of the southern port of Sidon just before dawn on August 11, 2010 as Muslims in much of the Middle East begin the fasting month of Ramadan.

AFP/ Getty Images / Mahmoud Zayat



A young Palestinian Muslim girl walks in an alley of Jerusalem's old city holding a traditional Ramadan lantern while celebrating with other children the announcing of the holy month of Ramadan, Tuesday, Aug. 10 2010. Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, will begin Wednesday.

AP / Muhammed Muheisen



A Palestinian boy plays with fireworks to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, on August 10, 2010.

AFP/ Getty Images / Mahmud Hams



Palestinian boys stand next to a shop, decorated with Ramadan festive lights, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

AP / Nasser Ishtayeh



A Bahraini man points skyward at dusk Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Hamad Town, Bahrain, towards where a slim crescent moon should be visible to indicate the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of prayer, fasting and charitable giving. Clouds hampered skywatchers in the Persian Gulf island nation.

AP / Hasan Jamali



Indonesian women pray during the first night of Ramadan in Jakarta on August 10, 2010. The fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on August 11, is the ninth month of the Muslim Hijri calendar, during which the faithful abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during daylight and, in the evening, eat small meals and conduct evening prayers.

AFP/ Getty Images / Adek Berry



A worker dispalys cookies at a bakery ahead of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan on August 10, 2010.

AFP/ Getty Images / Sabah Arar



A Palestinian blind boy reads a Quran Islam's holy book, in braille in the West Bank city of Jenin, ahead the upcoming month of Ramadan, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.

AP / Mohammed Ballas



Afghan youths pray on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on August 11, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Getty Images / Majid Saeedi



An Afghan Muslim man takes part in evening prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on August 13, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world are supposed to go without food, drink, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan in order to purify themselves and concentrate their mind on Islamic teachings.

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images



The sun silhouettes the entrance of a mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in east Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. Devout Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, a time of heightened religious fervor.

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue


Source: "Ramadan begins" | The Frame | SacBee.com
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