A while ago, an idea poped into my mind because of a recurrent problem I had. I needed to know: What is the reference website, mobile app or whatever way to find the closest masjid around?
You see, for muslims living in non muslim countries, we don’t hear azan or any call to prayer. Which makes it difficult for us to find mosques.
Say you are travelling for the weekend to a remote city. Or, you are on a business trip for a bit longer than that. Ideally you want to know where is the nearest mosque to your accommodation! By then I just knew a few websites, not really up to date with confusing layouts and which databases were limited.
The birth of GoMasjid.com project
This is when I said, we muslims, need to know exactly at any given location, where we could pray decently without having to lay our prayer rugs randomly here and there. Some service that simply and swiftly answers the question. The project www.goMasjid.com was born! It needed to simple, but yet complete. It had to cover the whole globe, map it, and present the information in various ways (mobile/web).
At any rate, the project merely reached some 20% with a database of 900 mosques and then for personal reasons, I didn’t make much progress after that.
Months later, I was randomly checking stats for www.gomasjid.com and I was shocked when realizing my sole landing page for the project was in the first page for terms like ”locate masjids”, “locate mosques” etc… People are dying for google’s first page! I must revive the project I said!
Alternatives to find mosques do exist
When I picked it up again, I realized some brilliant brothers/sisters, in the mean time, came up with a well executed website it is called www.findmymasjed.com. Their database features a massive 664201 masjid locations of around the globe. And it seems the plan is to open this database to mobile users ( iphone and android).
My objective is not to enter into any competition but to reach the goal for the ummah so that we have a reliable tool. So let us help our brothers/sisters behind this project growing their database inchaAllah! Because basically anyone of us can, in a matter of minutes add the local mosque he goes to.