2 Ways To Add and Find Your Favorite Places Online

Wikifoure

Last January, I talked about establishing your business online on Google Places.  Once people search for a specific business category, they will find a complete list of all businesses and their information. Related: Google Places: Few Steps to Publish your Business Online. It Works Perfect in Benghazi 

But if you want to find, let’s say, a mosque in Benghazi, you won’t find it online unless you ask one of your friends. To find this mosque online and its location on a map, someone has to add this information to any map online.
There are many ways that people can add places on a map online. Google places one of them. This two ways are easier and more informative than any thing else:

1- Using Wikimapia.org 

This website uses the idea of people can add their places. This is the easiest things I found online to add some places. The benefit from this website is people add informal places that no one think to add. It’s not official website that you get official places, but people who are the responsible for these places. The power of people is translated on this map. Go and check it. Try to write any mosque’s name and you will find it easily. Go to wikimapia and add your own places such as your home or your business. As much as people add places, the website will increase its credibility to becomes an important resource.

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2- Using Foursquare App

Have you ever checked In using Facebook. Usually people like prove that they are in a specific and spacial place. They share that with other people. What if you find some good information on this place. This is exactly what Foursquare dose.
Foursqaure helps you to check in and gives you some information and people’s review on this place. Foursqaure is an app on your phone and it uses your GPS to locate your location. And then gives you informative review by people, such as best restaurant close to your location. It’s fun, playful, and informative. You can also access to Foursqaure.com  and check some places.

Foursquare

This app uses the power of people, because people who are responsible on adding these places. I use this app daily. I add as many places and review them as much to help other people finding the right information.
People should take advantages of this technology. They can adopt the new way of accessing data and information among this insanely increased technology.

5 Ways We Can Improve Our Mosques (تطوير المساجد)

5 WAYS THAT WILL MAKE CHANGES

Muslims Pary

It’s the time that we should talk about the religion places in Libya, Mosques.
Usually we don’t criticize the religion places in Libya, as they are perfect as they are!! However, we should mention or recommend some changes to improve the experience of Muslims inside masjds in new era of technology and perfection.
To develop mosques in Libya, we need to add some things to the current situation. Let’s gather some points that will improve how we react and perceive our feeling toward our mosques.

1-HAVING A WEBSITE

Any mosques should have a website. This is something new in Libya. So, why having a website is helpful. Usually every Neighborhood in Benghazi has at least one mosque. Therefore, it acts as a community center. People who are in charge of the mosque can gather the contact information of their community. Then they can forward and send important news and events through their website. In addition, People can check the prayer time and islamic events on the website.
We should take advantage of the technology that we have today. The Emam gives the Khotbha every friday prayer. The Khotbha (an Islamic Lecture) requires time to be prepared. It’s important to be documented for the future. Thus, recording the Khotbha using a video camera and uploading it to YouTube is the best way to improve the Khotbha. Everyone who enjoys the Khotbha can go back to the mosque’s website and watch it again.
In addition to all that, the website could have Emam’s contact information and other addition important things such as a donation page.

This is an example of a mosque’s website.

2-INSTALLING TV SCREENS

There are many places inside mosques that preyers can’t see the Emam. It’s knowing for good engaging with the Emam is through watching and listening at the same time. Places such as women’s prayer rooms are blocked from the main prayer place. As long as we use the technology, we can install a TV and a camera to record and stream the Khotbha live on TVs in side the isolated places.

3-PROVIDING ENOUGH SPACES FOR SHOES

The problem always is the piles of shoes in front of the mosques. You Finnish your pray and prepare to leave the masjed, then you have to fight to get your shoes. The problem is basically consists of two things. The first is there’s no enough storages to store your shoes. The second thing comes from people who miss order and store their shoes. They just through them on the ground and just get inside to pray. To solve that, we could provide enough space of storage to keep our shoes.

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4- NEW LAYOUT

More than 90% of mosques design is one large prayer space connected directly to the streets.With this layout, we will not have enough space to install the shoes storages. In addition, there’s no a transition space from the street to the mosque. It’s like a hotel without a lobby. Therefore, we should include an open hall (lobby) as a transition space. Then, we could install a good number of shoes storages in this lobby. We can use this space for many things, such as advertisement for the next events and gathering donations. So, architects should include this space in their upcoming new design.

No Lobby

With Lobby

5-CREATING PATHWAYS

Usually after finishing the pray, some people start leaving, and other just staying a little bit longer. Because we pray on the ground in raws, people start crossing other people who still seated. This way creates a chaos inside mosques.However, if we take the concept of theaters with the idea of aisles, we can create a smoother movements. Instead seating on the side walls, we leave them empty to be used as a clear pathway. So imagine if everyone start to leave take this path!!

Peryer Seats-02

Peryer Seats-01

So, these are a quick points that I observed and decided to write about them here. I’ll keep updating this topic every time I find new things need to be added.