Zain Al-Islam 1.1 for iOS - 3D Character Teaches Kids Islamic Rituals
October 18, 2011 in Reference
[prMac.com] Alexandria, Egypt - Zain Dev today is pleased to announce Zain Al-Islam 1.1 for iOS, their Arabic language Reference app that features a 3D animated boy who teaches children the basic rituals of Islam. Ideal for kids and new converts to Islam, the app demonstrates the fundamentals of both Salah (formal prayer) and Wudhu (ritual ablutions before prayer), and includes two raka'at (a prescribed sequence of words and actions). In the Top 5 of all Reference apps in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and Bahrain, the app's character speaks slowly and clearly so that beginners can correctly learn the practice of Salah, formal, ritual prayer.
At launch in portrait orientation, the viewer is greeted warmly by a young boy named Zain Al-Islam (literally, he who has the best of Islam in him). He is casually dressed, and his expressive eyes blink repeatedly, part of the exaggerated size of his 3D, animated head. From behind the screen he knocks against it with his hand to prompt the user to choose one of two modes: Salah or Wudhu.
In Salah mode, Zain is seen in a large, beautifully rendered mosque (obligatory prayer begins at age 10 or as early as age 7 for followers of Islam). The tiled walls and stained glass windows create a sacred atmosphere. Above the boy is a small filmstrip composed of five frames, corresponding to the five steps or positions during Salah. As he begins to pray, the first frame is illuminated, and as he continues each frame lights up in turn. Users can immediately access any of the five positions by tapping on one of the frames.
Each prayer is part of a repeating cycle, or raka'ah, which may include between two and four raka'at, depending upon which of the five daily prayers is being performed. As he prays, the boy demonstrates the five positions: standing, bowing, standing again with the hands raised, prostration, and sitting. Every ritual detail of the movement and position of the hands, fingers, feet, and head is clearly illustrated. The 3D animation is rendered as seen through a wide-angle lens, dramatically distorting the size of Zain's head as he bows.
In Wudhu mode Zain is seen seated in front of a water faucet, and the user can again follow along as each of the five frames in the filmstrip are illuminated. Demonstrated are the correct prayers and actions for washing the hands, face, forearms and elbows, and feet and ankles.
* 3D animated character demonstrates the correct performance of Salah and Wudhu
* Ideal introduction to the fundamental practices of Islam for kids and new converts
* Random access to any of the five steps of Salah or Wudhu
* Top 100 Reference app in 8 App Stores throughout the Middle East and Croatia
Zain Al-Islam 1.1 is the ideal means of introducing kids, highly receptive to information gained through computers and mobile devices, to the timeless wisdom of Islam. The app is a carefully designed and executed example of the use of modern technology to reach the newest generation of modern Mulims.
"It is a great joy and honor to offer Zain Al-Islam to followers of Islam throughout the world," stated Ahmed Abdel Zaher of Zain Dev. "Kids will enjoy learning Salah and Wudhu in this very friendly environment, and can play with Zain using touch gestures."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later (tested with iOS 5)
* 33.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Zain Al-Islam 1.1 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Alexandria, Egypt, Indie developer Ahmed Ismail Abdel Zaher founded Zain Dev, Inc. in 2011, and is focused on creating Islamic apps. Copyright (C) 2011 Zain Dev. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.