Play and pray: Malaysian student creates PlayStation Koran

  1. Play and pray: Malaysian student creates PlayStation Koran

    AFP - Tuesday, May 8 06:36 pm
    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Muslim gamers worldwide will soon be able to mix praying with playing after the creation of a Koran which can be downloaded onto PlayStation portable consoles.
    Student Ikhwan Nazri Mohamad Asran, 21, designed the software after seeing a similar version of the Bible.
    "They did the Bible, so why not do the Koran ... This application can help younger people to read the Koran," Ikhwan told AFP Tuesday.
    PlayStation enthusiasts, more used to playing games such as Ridge Racer and Metal Gear Acid, can download an English-language version of the Koran, with displays in Arabic script, from the Internet.
    Ikhwan said the software should appeal to parents, who sometimes distrust the Internet and gaming.
    "For some parents, when we talk about the Internet, all they see is porn, the bad things. When we talk about the PlayStation, all they see is gaming and spending too much time not studying," he said.
    "A mother can say, 'Read the Koran first and then I'll let you play games.'"
    The software follows the creation of "The Raise," an English-language magazine on Islam, for the Sony console, and other content such as Islamic wallpaper.
    "We focus on giving information on Islam and clearing misconceptions that non-Muslims have about Muslims," said Ikhwan.
    Ikhwan, a student with Malaysia's Multimedia University south of Kuala Lumpur, is due to graduate this year with a degree in creative multimedia.
    Aided by a team of 10 student volunteers, he started developing the Koran software between classes in January.
    It was launched earlier this month to a gathering of parents at a Muslim charity dinner who responded well, Ikhwan said, adding he would later include Koranic recitations following requests.
    The software will be available for download for free after May 19 from his website, he said.
    "People have to download all the files, put it into their memory stick and then they can read it. All the instructions are included," Ikhwan added.


    Not only would that be useful for Muslims, but it would be great for kids taking World Religion classes.
  2. This is cool! They should do the Granth and the Maharabata, etc too!

    And you're right, it would be great for kids and young adults studying religion in general, people are getting more used to reading from screens than from paper!
  3. When I was in high school, I remember reading xeroxed exerpts from the Koran.

    I think all kids should take a World Religions class. It's a way for students to learn about different religious groups and what they believe.
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  5. Great idea!
  6. Thats a great idea. Hope people download it.
  7. Oh caitlin, that makes me so sad, and so tempted to launch into a rant about school funding. But at least you got something, and those of the class that wanted to read more Koran, or more ancient sacred texts in general will not have had to work too hard to get the goods.

    And just in case there are any teachers lurking who think they might also have to xerox pages of whatever, if it is a religious text, I am sure if you call the local house of worship, church, mosque, temple, somebody will be happy to get everybody in your class a copy of the Koran, Bible, big fat Maharabata, make several calls n' collect 'em all! :wlae:

    :roflmfao: merika that is a good one, and it is soooo true, I bet it happens a squillion times a day, and not just to me!
  8. It's not like we wanted the Koran and couldn't afford it.

    The teachers just wanted us to pay attention to particular passages.