Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Indonesian mosques enter digital age

Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:43PM GMT
Indonesia is planning to pull mosques into the digital age by creating a network which connects the country's mosques and expand their role, Press TV reports.

The i-masjid (i-mosque), established by the Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals, will allow mosques to both connect with new users and expand their outreach into new fields.

The organizers hope that i-masjid would be successful at engaging people by education and also by giving them the opportunity to improve their lives through micro financing.

“We plan to set access to internet. We will provide micro-financing in the area of the mosque where the local producers can meet with the local buyers,” Sugiharto of the Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals told Press TV.

Experts say 16% of the population in Indonesia uses the internet, a figure that is expected to triple by 2015.

The Indonesian Association of Muslim Intellectuals is hoping that i-masjid will tap into this figure by facilitating greater connectivity between some of the Asian country's 900,000 officially recognized mosques.


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