Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Techie Tuesday ~ Islamic App's 4 U




بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Technology can be a wonderful thing if we use it for good. So this week's edition focuses on my favourite islamic app's which you too may find useful. All are tried and tested as i've been blessed to have used different mobile phone's either through work or personal use (android, apple, blackberry and window's).

All app's mentioned are free, unless otherwise stated. I rarely pay for app's because there are so many great freebies available! I always recommend searching for new app's as they are a great way to help our daily live's - islam related or not.

ANDROID

iQuran - 3/5 star's
This is the mini version, if you want the full version (iQuran Pro) you need to pay. This app is the only free app with English translation. If you can read and understand Arabic then 'Quran Android' would be better suited. I like using this app for a quick reference and occasionally when i'm out and about.

Time4Salat 4.5/5 star's
Dubbed the 'Muslim's swiss knife', this is one of my favourite android app's. I remember when i first had my HTC Sensation XL I told everyone with an android phone to install it! It has salah times local to your area, qibla direction and adhan. You can change the adhan to other notification sound's which can be useful because you wouldn't want it going off whilst your phone is in your bag in a public bathroom (as it's disrespectful to utter the word of Allah in the bathroom). The only problem that I have found is that is force closes when you don't acknowledge the previous notification, but i can live with that and i'm sure it will be fixed in a new update.




99 Name's of Allah 5/5 star's
Again, really useful and easy to learn the 99 name's of Allah SWT. You view the arabic, translation and meaning and on top of that you hear the audio for correct pronunciation. The arabic script is clear too, so you can copy each one down on a post-it and stick them around the room for easy memorisation! Subhanallah! 

Salaah: The Muslim Prayer 5/5 star's
The app is great for learning how to pray. It's almost like the A-Z of salah, from intention to wudu, ghusl, when to pray, call to prayer, the breakdown of the prayer, number of fard and sunnah rakat - all with Arabic script, English translation and transliteration, not forgetting the diagram's of stance and position in salah. It's a fab little app for a revert's to learn how to pray correctly or born Muslim's refreshing their deen and revising their prayer inshallah.

Guidance 3/5 star's
This app is a bit of a mash up of previous app's mentioned however this app has hadith (including Bukhari & Muslim) and a 'library' where you get the "Stories of the Prophet's" book to read on your device. In my area it's a little temperamental but if you install it, it may work better for you. If you prefer to have everything all in one then you may like this better. 

Zabihah 3.5/5 star's
It's a halal restaurant, market and mosque finder app. It uses your phones location to search for local registered halal establishment's and may find a few hidden gem's you didn't know about. This app is available on other phone platform's, so if you aren't an android user have a search for it on your phone. 

Tasbeeh 4/5 star's
There are many apps entitled 'Tasbeeh' on the android market so I have linked to the search page. However after downloading a few I feel that the 'Tasbeeh with actual experience' is my favourite. You can slide the bead down the string of the masbaha by swiping your finger down the screen of the phone. It has a little reminder at the bottom of the screen too. I found some of the others a little restricting to use so I settled with this one. Another reason why I like this way is because you can see the amount of time's you have hit it, which can be really satisfying and just encourage's me further, alhamdulilah.





BLACKBERRY

Salat MK 3/5 star's
This is only app I found to work correctly on my old blackberry. Includes different notification sound's. It's a pretty basic app but does it's job.

Halal Food Guide 5/5 star's
An invaluable tool to use whilst out food shopping to check labelled ingredients. It also includes E-number's and highlights each item in a different colour to co-ordinate with the key. Green for halal, purple for dependable and red for haram. I recommend this app alot. I just hope they bring something similar to android soon!  





IPHONE

iSalam: Salah Times

iSalam: Qibla compass

I downloaded both of these app's on my husband's phone. He said he hasn't had a problem with them and to be honest they were the only apps that looked legit on the Apple app store. You just have to set them up before you can use them so it picks up your location but it's pretty straight forward.


WINDOWS

Al Qur'an (£0.79) - 5/5 star's
Worth the money, really useful and very easy to use. I used this app on a HTC Trophy.


Do you have any favourite islamic app's?? Please share in the comment's below : )



4 comments :

  1. Masha'Allaah jazaakAllaahu khayr for sharing.

    I have iQuran but the full version and its wonderful! it even reminds you to read suratul kahf on fridays!

    Other apps which I think are good, they can by found for iPhone are:

    TorchBearers - which is an app which gives you quotes from scholars, and bios for scholars.

    DailyHadith - The name says it all :)

    IslamicLibrary - Gives various books including sahih muslim, sahih bukhaari, stories of the prophets, stories of the sahabah etc.

    Key2Paradise - Gives duas, various ayats on jannah and jahannum

    And Lastly, Ayaat-A-Day - which gives you an ayah of quraan every day :)

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    1. Mashallah, those all sound great!
      I don't use an iphone as it's my husband's but i'm sure other reader's who do will benefit from them.

      Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Assalamu Alaykum

    We, Dar ul Kitab (www.darulkitabonline.com) publish a number of Apps for children on the iPad and iPhone. See: http://www.facebook.com/islamicappsforchildren

    Our current App titles cover Our Creator, Our Parents, Keeping Ourselves Clean, Doing Good Deeds, Remembering Allaah at All Times and Umrah Invocations.

    We are also publishing print versions of these titles which will be out soon insha Allaah - see pics at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.270049336409851.62710.122432274504892&type=1&l=3363d37f5d

    Hope this will be of some benefit to your readers Insha Allaah!

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  3. Jazak Allah, very useful Islamic app. I also found Free Tasbeeh App for iPhone, I think it’s one of the best comprehensive app designed for Muslims. Deenwise makes your smartphone your Digital Tasbeeh. This App will help you to recite your Tasbeeh, whenever you want or where ever you want.I loved that.

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