Almost all humans one way or the other use technology in some aspect of their lives so as to make things much easier and faster. No matter one’s feelings about the interaction of religion and technology, there’s no doubt religion is being pushed and uplifted by the technological advances of our time – Especially with the introduction of social media and smartphones. Just like any other sector, religion has and is still witnessing its negative share of the cake technology serves all – from getting busy for nothing online to procrastination of prayers.
If technology was human, I bet it would be very sad throughout its existence. I hear lots of people blaming technology for things other people do forgetting we created them and we always got a choice either to use it negatively or positively( let’s leave this discussion for another time)
The positives I must say far outweigh the negatives – (at least for me). My religious journey has been a great and productive one with technology, especially with the use of Islamic apps… from giving me Qibla directions at unknown locations to keeping up with changes in prayer time. There is also the blessings aspect, you know.
Below I share with you, my list of Islamic apps I believe would be of great help in keeping up with your journey of being a productive Muslim. – In no particular order
Remember school times when you woke your fellow Muslims for prayer just for blessings you get from it. With fajr up, you can still get that blessing but now on an international level . The App allows you to call your fellow Muslims (Fajr-upies) anywhere around the world for prayers – only if they also have Fajr up app installed on their phone. Don’t worry, there is no disturbance because the call only lasts for 15 seconds. The app also comes with an Islamic calendar and a real-time prayer time.
I remember when I was becoming conscious about religion, one friend of mine called Prof. told me ” you know in Islam there is a Du’a(prayer) to be said before sleeping, when putting on a new cloth, when entering the mosque, upon sneezing, when doing almost everything (if not all) one does on a daily basis.” so I asked if there are people who actually remember all that. Alhamdulillah Hisnul Muslim Doa and Zikr app solves the difficulty of trying to recall all the prayers. The app which is based on the popular Hisnul Muslim book by Sheikh Sa’id Ibn Wahf Al-Qahtaani, contains authentic Do’a and Zikr for Muslims’ daily supplication and special occasion. It covers every daily day to day activities and occasions, from day to night.Available in Arabic, English, French, Deutsch etc. I believe it in a way brings us closer to the sunnah – In Sha Allah
– Ads free
– Arabic with transliteration, English, Malay, Azerbaijani, Deutsch, French, Russian translations
– Audio recitation for correct pronunciation
– Bookmark with backup and restore capabilities
– Search and share functions
– Font setting (style, size)
Salah Teacher (Salat – Islam) ( Till I find a better substitute):
Salat is one of the five pillars of Islam and also an important part of a Muslim’s life. Among the advantages of living in a Muslim neighbourhood as a kid is that you have lots of teachers who teach you how to perform ablution, the right postures of salat etc. There are some petty mistakes we still make even as adults which we don’t know. With that, I recommend Salat Teacher to new reverts, beginners and parents who want to teach their little ones how to perform ablution and salat. The app comes with pictures of salat postures.
Considering the fact that this app was last updated 4years ago, I think that makes it prone to cyber attack(but who targets an app such as this and for what reason) – hence the crashing now and then. But it’s a great app and you can uninstall it after learning what you want to learn. Still searching for alternatives so please let me know if you have any.
Hadith describes the words, actions, or habits of our Prophet Muhammad, Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him and His Family. The hadith collection app contains a collection of most accepted and authentic Hadith books including the ones most people use when they can’t remember the source of a hadith, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. Knowledge of hadith goes a long way to shape our attitudes towards the good. Being a muslim is not all about being able to read the Qur’an and praying five times a day. It’s a lot more – your way of life, reasoning, understanding the Qur’an, ect. There are muslims we really admire because of their ability to read the Qur’an or memorise the Qur’an but after we get closer, their attitude sort of puts us off. I suggest you recommend this app to such Muslims.
• Malik’s Muwatta موطأ مالك
• Sunan an-Nasa’i سنن النسائي
• Jami` at-Tirmidhi جامع الترمذي
• Sunan Ibn Majah سنن ابن ماجه
• Riyad as-Salihin رياض الصالحين
• Al-Adab Al-Mufrad الأدب المفرد
• Shama’il Muhammadiyah الشمائل المحمدية
• Bulugh al-Maram بلوغ المرام
• 40 Hadith Nawawi
• 40 Hadith Qudsi
• Complete Urdu and English Translation for Sahih Al-Bukhari
• Hadith grade (Sahih, Dhaif etct)
• Adjustable font size for both Arabic and translation.
• Support for both phone and tablet.
100% Qibla & Prayer app helps muslims to find Qibla direction and see prayer times all around the World. The direction of Kaaba in Mecca (Makkah) is pointed out with an arrow on the map, so that you can adjust your direction before you start your prayer. . Your direction is located accurately through the GPS feature in the app plus You can re-detect your location with “Find my location” feature to be sure about directions. One thing I like about this app is the offline mode. It comes in handy on a long journey to a remote area and you realize you have to stop the car and say your prayers in the middle of nowhere with no internet connection. You can still see where the Qibla is because 100% Qibla & Prayer app shows you where the Qibla is even in an offline mode with the help of its compass feature – It works if you have used the feature with internet access before going offline so I suggest you use at least once even if you are at home. You never know when you might travel outside your town.
The graphics intergration with google maps makes it pretty awesome too.
The most popular Muslim app. You probably have this app installed on your phone already so I won’t make much noise over it. This app is like the real deal for muslims (maybe just for me). Recognized by more than 30 million Muslims around the world as the most accurate prayer time & azan application, Muslim Pro also features the full Quran with Arabic scripts, phonetics, translations and audio recitations as well as a Qibla locator, an Islamic Hijri calendar, a map of halal restaurants and Mosques, etc… Even though there are Halal Restaurants in Ghana, I don’t seem to find it on the app(May be they don’t have a halal certificate). The maps of the mosques I must say works really well. There are lots to write about this app from the daily Qur’an reminders to the Customized Islamic Quotes, to calculating your Zakat,etc. All in all- This app is just Awesome!!!
• Accurate prayer times based on your current location with multiple settings available (angles)
• Azan: visual and audio notifications for the calls for prayer with many muezzin voices to choose from
• Fasting times (Imsak and Iftar) during Ramadan
• Access prayer times directly from the Today menu of the device (iOS8 and iOS9 only)
• The Holy Quran (Al Qur’an) with audio recitations (mp3), phonetics and translations
• “Tasbih” to count your dhikr
• Halal restaurants and mosques locations around you
• Animated Qibla compass and map to show you the direction to Mecca
• Complete Muslim Hijri calendar to estimate holy dates such as Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha
• 99 names of Allah
• Beautiful Islamic greeting cards (Eid Mubarak, Ramadan Kareem, etc…)
• Hisn’ul Muslim (Fortress of the Muslim): a collection of doas and supplications)
• App and Quran fully translated to about 15 languages
Got this app a few days ago and I’m loving it. Remember that jihadist from Ghana who gathers people on facebook to complete the Qur’an? Well there is an app for that now. The Quran Club is a ground breaking app which will connect a global network of users to help connect us more with the Quran. The aims to achieve the huge task of completing the Quran 1000s of times every day by each person half/one page of the Qur’an to complete. For those who can’t recite the Quran, you can listen to it and it would be counted us reciting it. Users are suppose to tick the read button once they complete a task. Even though there is no way to determine whether one actually reads the page before ticking , I think it’s all part of strengthening our Iman – It’s just you and your phone so who are you really deceiving? The most striking feature I think is the stats page where users get to view how many pages have been recited in each city / country. Nigeria is the lead reciter in Africa as at the time I published this and the Greater Accra Region is the leading region in Ghana (was actually expecting Ashante Region to be the highest in Ghana)
Other features:-Listen to over 20 reciters for the whole Quran
– Read translations as you recite in over 30 languages
– Choose between 2 fonts in Arabic: Uthmani and Urdu style
– Create private groups to do a completion of the Quran amongst friends and family
– View your personal stats as well as those of others globally to keep track of progress
– Support and donate towards a number of worthy fundraising projects through the ‘Charity’ feature
There are so many apps that help you track how much you exercise, how much you work, and how much you spend. How about the one app that helps you keep track of what matters most – your faith.
Love at first sight.
This very useful and encouraging app lets you track all your daily spiritual efforts to help you measure your status and continue to improve. It’s a good habit to have an overview of our good deeds for our own selves to know and have determination and plans. Of course to show someone would be of no use.
Use QamarDeen to track your prayer, Quran reading, sadaqah and fasting and visualize it all to analyze your behavior and improve.
Prayers: Record how you prayed each of the five daily prayers(), and mark when you prayed Ishraq or Qiyam.
Quran: Keep track of how much Quran you read every day. Mark where you began and where you left off, and continue the next day using your preferred Quran app.
Sadaqah: Record when you give any type of charity, from donating your money or time to smiling at your Brother or Sister.
Fasting: Keep track of your fasts in Ramadan, as well as your voluntary fasts (Sunnah, Kaffarah, and Nazr) throughout the year.
Don’t hesitate to comment below your own list of apps you recommend to fellow Muslims. You can also tell us which of the apps in my list you have installed and how you getting along with it.
Thanks a lot for reading this. MAY ALLAH INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND FAITH