Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organisation launches lifestyle app for Shariah-compliant content

  • Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organisation launches lifestyle app for Shariah-compliant content – Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organisation, Muhammadiyah, has launched a mobile application for Shariah-compliant content to expand its da’wah penetration and improve young Indonesians’ halal lifestyles, Gatot Triyanto, its program director told Salaam Gateway.
  • Called Muvon, the mobile application was developed by local company Digital Media Corp and will have features including streaming of programmes from television stations, video on demand, citizen journalism, online shopping, bill payment facilities, a job finder, as well as a location search engine for schools, universities, mosques and hospitals.
  • All content available on the Muvon app will have to pass a set of Shariah criteria that is currently being developed by Muhammadiyah scholars, said Triyanto. Live-streamed television channels, for example, will first be assessed for their Shariah compliance before they are picked for the app.
  • The app’s citizen journalism section will allow users to upload their content, including videos and vlogs. These will first be viewed by Muhammadiyah that will have the final say on whether or not they can be uploaded to the app for public consumption.
  • Muhammadiyah counts 60 million Indonesians as members, according to Triyanto, although it is widely believed to be smaller in size than Nahdatul Ulama that is estimated to have a membership of around 60 million.

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