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Azaliza Zainal, Salyani Osman, Nahdatul Akma Ahmad, Mohammad Ashri Abu Hassan

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Nowadays, mobile technologies are becoming increasingly useful and continuing to develop at the cutting edge of technological innovation, including spiritual mobile applications. Besides assisting to fulfill the Islamic obligations, mobile Quran applications as one of spiritual mobile apps example, were also considered as one of the convenient ways to learn and improve the Quran recitation skills for the Muslim users. However, there is still a lack of providing guidelines for the design of spiritual mobile applications and the need to have the certification and authentication of these digital apps must be considered especially for digital Quran. This paper presents a set of spiritual mobile application guidelines for older adults in order to provide a guidance in the development of spiritual mobile apps. This study focuses on the interviewing method in order to understand the problems in using spiritual mobile apps amongst older adults in their daily routine activities. The results of this kind of qualitative research provided a set of designing guidelines for spiritual mobile applications in an older Malay Muslim perspective. This study also revealed the significant lessons learnt while conducting the interviewing method. These data, along with specific comments from interview participants, provide the basis for designing spiritual mobile apps guidelines to support positive emotional well-being in older adults. This study is useful for designers, application developers and researchers.


Design, interviews, mobile applications, older adults, spiritual


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