WHY PILGRIM CENTRAL
Pilgrim Central is a Web App; on a desktop it is a Website and Desktop App (view offline) and on a Mobile it is an App – after clicking “Add to Home Screen” pop-up. This relatively new technology being pushed by Google, called Progressive Web Apps completely by-passes the App Stores as it becomes an App “on-the-fly”.
We found good apps that were platform dependent, e.g. Apps that only work on an Apple Phone but one cannot read the content when on a PC, and of course do not work on Android, desktops and vice versa. Progressive Web App solves this problem. Any changes made to the App will be available on all platforms.
The fiqh is based on how the Prophet ﷺ made Umrah and Hajj, starting off with content from a book written by Shaykh Muhammad West from Cape Town. We may add more mathhab specific aspects over time.
The content provided is definitely not exhaustive. However, our aim is to provide a concise App, that provides information for both pre- and post trips that is accessible from all devices online. It also provides the history of this blessed journey, some POIs and Dua.
The UI/UX has been done with a senior design team, to provide a modern and easy to use experience. Please do let us know how we can improve.
WHAT IS A PROGRESSIVE WEB APP?
Progressive Web Apps are applications that run on the web and thus work on desktop, but provide a speedy app-like experience inside a mobile browser. Google describes them as having the following three qualities:
- Reliable – Load instantly and never show the offline dinosaur, even in uncertain network conditions.
- Fast – Respond quickly to user interactions with silky smooth animations and no janky scrolling.
- Engaging – Feel like a natural app on the device, with an immersive user experience.
From a practical point of view, you could visit this Website from your desktop/laptop and then also install it as an App on your phone, without visiting the App Store.
WHO IS SHAYKH MUHAMMAD WEST?
Shaykh Muhammad West spent most of is youth growing up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Muhammad, went on to complete a degree in Islamic theology and da’wah at the Islamic University of Madinah while studying a degree in accounting science through the University of South Africa via correspondence concurrently.
Muhammad West returned to Cape Town in 2011 where he qualified as a charted accountant of South Africa.
He is married and is a father of 3, the resident imam of the Boorhaanol Islam mosque and senior accountant at one of the world’s largest clothing retailers.