Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Muslim Pen Reads the Quran the Write Way

Muslim Readers
You’ve heard of Shariah-compliant products, Muslim cars that sound the Call to Prayer but now there’s a Muslim pen.

One of the innovative products on display at the 4th China Sourcing Fair in Dubai is a new pen that reads the Quran aloud.

It’s an example of the way crafty inventors are coming up with products to sell to the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.

What's the Point?
The pen is for grandfathers who have everything, for prisoners in UAE jails who are memorizing the Quran to get time off their sentence, for devotees with failing sight and Muslims in Sharjah who can’t see the text because of another power failure.

There’s More
The pen (pictured) costs $33 and this is what you get for your money:
1. A complete and well painted Holy Quran in the form of a traditional book.
2. A ‘terrific’ pen with a built in speaker.
3. A built-in lithium battery that should keep the pen running five times a day.

Activating the Pen
You touch the text or roll the pen over a verse in the Quran and you can hear the Scripture spoken through the pen’s loud speaker.

Alternatively you can touch the title of the Sura (chapter) and the pen will broadcast this or any of the 114 suras in the Quran.

Touch the verse or sura again and the excerpt is repeated.

The pen has functions that allow you to choose the voice of your choice—the recitation by a man or a woman and even your preferred accent.

More functions provide for a range of volume, tone and clarity.

Can You Write with the Quranic Quill?
The marketing promo doesn’t say whether the pen is any good for writing. It would also be handy for the pen to have a compass or a GPS to find the direction of Makkah (Mecca).

Write On
Here is a verse in the Quran to which you might point your new pen:
Allah says: ‘Say, O Muhammad, if the water of the sea were ink for a pen to write down the words, wisdom and signs of Allah, the sea would run dry before it all could be written down.’

Here is one place where the pen can be purchased.

Geoff Pound

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