Omar’s invention, Sanda, is a specialized prayer chair that supports worshippers who need physical assistance while praying in a mosque. Five times a day, Muslims perform the act of worship, which involves standing, prostrating, and sitting. Those who are physically unable or otherwise impaired may use chairs. Sanda is designed to decrease pressure with assistive sitting and standing features. Omar’s reimagining of the chair could positively benefit the quality of life of millions of potential users around the world.
After the Stars of Science season ended and the lights in the studio went dark, Omar’s drive remained as bright as ever. Directly after few years after he started his SOS journey, Omar was accepted into the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) Accelerator program. At QSTP, he received expert help to refine his prototype along with funding of $100,000 USD. He is currently working on securing a manufacturing partner for Sanda whilst also
growing his site LaunchGood.com, a crowdsourcing platform for Muslims that raised over $27 million USD for campaigns across the globe.
Omar spends his remaining time on Alfenn, his branding and design agency. The thread that links all of his activities together is the way he measures his success. “The impact my projects have on people’s lives is so important,” said Omar. “Seeing others benefit from my works keeps me going, even during the most challenging times.”
The man of action continues to be recognized for his accomplishments. A popular online platform, UmmahWide.com, featured Sanda as one of the Islamic community’s 50 most innovative startups. He was also featured in Inc. Arabia magazine as one of the “new stars of the Islamic economy.”
Omar’s primary goal is to put the spotlight on a neglected market. “It boggles my mind sometimes that entrepreneurs overlook the potential of the Islamic market,” he said. “The global Muslim community is enormous. I definitely consider this an untapped niche for young innovators.”
“I was so proud to participate in Stars of Science. I instantly felt that it was a unique opportunity to represent youth in the Arab world,” said Omar. “Our generation faces a challenge – taking advantage of our incredible potential in order to become leaders in engineering, science, and design again. I hope that through my work, I can be one of many people who help inspire others to become innovators.”