Aylesbury Mosque has made remarkable progress in utilizing technology to serve its congregation and the wider community. Here is a summary of the key initiatives and innovations undertaken by the mosque:
- Prayer Timetable System: Aylesbury Mosque developed a digital prayer timetable system approximately 8 years ago. This system offers daily prayer times to its congregation. It includes a dashboard display in the main hall and a touch screen monitor that allows the imam to update the jamaat times. Once updated, the new prayer times are immediately available on the dashboard and the mosque’s website. Additionally, there is a Telegram group that provides alerts every time the jamaat time is changed, ensuring that the congregation is well-informed.
- Live Audio and Video Transmission: Aylesbury Mosque tackled the challenge of modernizing its live audio transmission system to homes. After 2 years of development and testing, a trial solution was installed in around a dozen houses in Aylesbury, transmitting live audio and high-definition video directly to televisions using a receiver. Aylesbury Mosque remains the only mosque providing live audio and video transmission to its congregation.
- Continuous Improvement: Over the years, the live audio and video transmission system has seen various improvements and added features, making it more versatile and user-friendly. These include options for Azan, the ability to connect to Bluetooth speakers, text alerts, mobile device integration for video and audio transmission, and even a floating camera and microphone for greater flexibility.
- Broad Accessibility: Aylesbury Mosque’s live audio and video service now reaches over 180 families, especially benefiting the elderly and those who cannot attend the mosque in person due to illness or old age. The service has had an incredible impact on improving accessibility for congregants.
- Integration with Smart Devices: The mosque’s services are available on multiple platforms, including smart TVs, websites, Amazon Alexa, and more. This ensures that users can access the live audio and video stream from a variety of devices and locations, including outside the local area.
- Positive Impact on the Community: The addition of the live video feed has had a significant impact on the Aylesbury community. It provides high-quality audio and video, making it easier for individuals to engage with the mosque’s activities and prayers, fostering an attachment among women and children who previously faced barriers to participation.
- Benefit to Other Mosques: Aylesbury Mosque’s technology innovations have not only served its congregation but have also been beneficial to other mosques in Aylesbury. The mosque has become a pioneering example for how technology can enhance the worship experience and connect communities.
Importantly, Aylesbury Mosque has offered these technology-based services to the community without imposing any additional costs or monthly charges, highlighting its commitment to ensuring that the benefits of these innovations are accessible to all.
The mosque’s embrace of technology has enhanced the prayer experience, facilitated greater community engagement, and bridged gaps for those who could not physically attend the mosque. Aylesbury Mosque’s dedication to improving services and inclusivity serves as a model for other religious institutions.