Ramadan is here and Izwan Ismail picks modern offerings to help keep you app-to-date
1 - This is said to be the most accurate prayer time and Azan application on mobile devices. 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. It’s free at iTunes.
2 - This Android app offers a multitude of services that enables users to consult the current date of the month and the five Islamic prayer times, imsak and iftar for more than 251 countries. Free at Android market.
3 - Since you’re fasting during Ramadan, count the calories you’ve lost with the Calorie Count app, available free from the BlackBerry App World. Search, evaluate and compare calorific values of tens of thousands of different types of food. It can help us stay creative and healthy.
Ramadan Daily Doa
4 - Al-Khawarizimi Software, in honouring the holy month of Ramadan, brings an application which lets the muslims to browse and recite Doa specific to each day of blessed month of Ramadan. Also has doa for Iftar and Sahoor along with some authentic traditions of the Prophet Mohammed (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) related to Ramadan. It’s available at US$0.99 at Apple AppStore.
5 - This app offers more than 200 Islamic quotes to help you deliver the right message to your friends, family, team, website audience, etc. Available for US$0.99 (RM3.12) at AppStore.
6 - Produced by Emitac Mobile Solutions LLC, the self-explanatory app facilitates zakat (tithe) calculations and provides an in-depth zakat guide in English. Available at Blackberry App World for US$0.99.
Halal Food Guide
7 - Developed by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd, this free Blackberry app helps you choose what you eat. You can search for an ingredient or an e-code (emulsifier code) to find out whether a particular ingredient is halal or not.
8 - Learn about great Muslim personalities of yesteryear. A time-line based index is also included, so a user can easily browse different personalities from specific periods. Available for RM2 at Nokia’s Ovi Store.
Mobile Friday Sermons
9 - Read the synopsis in English, watch the video or listen to the audio of Friday sermons in 15 different languages. Available free at Apple AppStore and Android Market.
10 - Discover Islamic art — architecture, fine arts, ceramics, rugs, manuscripts — with this exclusive application. Available at US$1.99 at Apple AppStore.