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Otun, a technology aficionado, says the apps on his iPhone and iPad make him a more observant Muslim. From the beeping reminder to stop and pray during his busy schedule running a limo service, to an app that tells him which nearby restaurants serve food prepared within Islamic guidelines, Otun says there’s no longer an excuse to live an unobservant life.

“If you forgot to pray, you might not be responsible, because you’re human; you forget and you can make it up later,” said Otun, 35. “But not now that you have those apps, that might change things in God’s level.”

Otun’s favorite application, called Find Mecca, is a compass-like program with an electronic indicator that changes from red to green when you’ve reached the requisite prayer angle of 58 degrees, Northeast, to ensure you’re facing Mecca from any location _ a requirement of all Muslims when praying.

Otun said he was amazed to see an image of Mecca on his cell phone screen for the first time, and to realize he could carry a library of religious texts with him everywhere.

“iPhone makes you emotional,” he said. “I can’t carry 10,000 pages of books, now, you have it in your phone _ it’s priceless.”