Raspberry Pi prayer reminder clock

One of our Approved Resellers in the Netherlands, Daniël from Raspberry Store, shared this Raspberry Pi–powered prayer reminder with us. It’s a useful application one of his customers made using a Raspberry Pi purchased from Daniël’s store.

As a Raspberry Pi Official Reseller, I love to see how customers use Raspberry Pi to create innovative products. Spying on bird nests, streaming audio to several locations, using them as a menu in a restaurant, or in a digital signage-solution… just awesome. But a few weeks ago, a customer showed me a new usage of Raspberry Pi: a prayer clock for mosques.

Made by Mawaqit, this is a narrowcasting solution with a Raspberry Pi at its heart and can be used on any browser or smartphone.

Hardware

This project is simple in hardware terms. You just need Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi 4, a TV screen, and a HDMI cable.

If you do not have an internet connection, you’ll also need an RTC clock

With the HDMI cable, Raspberry Pi can broadcast the clock — plus other useful info like the weather, or a reminder to silence your phone — on a wall in the mosque. Awesome! So simple, and yet I have not seen a solution like this before, despite Mawaqit’s application now being used in 51 countries and over 4609 mosques. And, last I checked, it has more than 185,000 active users!

How to build it

You’ll need to install the pre-configured system image and flash the mawaqit.xz system image onto your Raspberry Pi’s SD card.

There are then two options: connected and offline. If you set yourself up using the connected option, you’ll be able to remotely control the app from your smartphone or any computer and tablet, which will be synchronised across all the screens connected to Raspberry Pi. You can also send messages and announcements. The latest updates from Mawaqit will install automatically.

That’s a little RTC on the right

If you need to choose the offline option and you’re not able to use the internet at your mosque, it’s important to equip your Raspberry Pi with RTC, because Raspberry Pi can’t keep time by itself.

All the software, bits of command line code, and step-by-step guidance you’ll need are available on this web page.

These figures update on the Mawaqit site

Open source for all

The Mawaqit project is free of charge, and the makers actually prohibit harnessing it for any monetary gain. The makers even created an API for you to create your own extentions — how great is that? So, if you want your own prayer clock for in a mosque, school, or just at home, take a look at Mawaqit.net.

Anyone with the language skills please head to YouTube and provide community translations for this walkthrough video

8 comments

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Get over yourself a 2-3 minute prayer bothered you that much. Maybe you should move then if it’s that much of an issue for you.

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well done, great project. sir Esbeeb I understand your opinion, I am a Muslim and I live in France, Sunday morning while I sleep in at 8 am the church bell in front of my house rings and wakes me up, it is very unpleasant and I Have never complained about it. Each country and culture has its own customs and cultures. learn to support each other.

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This is so good. I really liked it. Thank you to this app’s developer for made this app. Also, thank you to Mrs. Ashley for reporting this.

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Meh… to each their own. I find church bells annoying but that is just my opinion and inconsequential since it was never requested. The adhan is at least something different and I actually like it (also opinion and inconsequential). Being an American with Muslim friends I think it’s cool to see a project that benefits Muslims promoted so openly. But that’s par for the course with the Pi Foundation and the strive to be inclusive is one of the big reasons why I will continue to support them and buy their products and read this blog every day. Sure there are other products just as good or better but the community they’ve built here in and out of these pages is what I believe is their real achievement and what they should really be proud of.

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Good to see how raspberry is been utalised in many cultures.
Great app and great report

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I was looking for something like for my home in a dedicated prayer room, thanks for posting!

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I developed this simple solution for smart speakers. please check it out at https://www.smartazan.com/

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We do the same jon for usa towns here : https://prayer-times.us/

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