Mobile apps are often popular amongst smartphone users. Everyone is now accessible to free mobile apps on their respective smartphones, be it via iOS or Android. It makes our life-on-the-go more convenient and saves time. In Malaysia and ASEAN region, mobile apps are more in demand now, given the significant rise in accessibility and penetration in its development, with Android Mobile OS is still dominating the market share.
According to Statista, the overall number of mobile phone users reached 4.43 billion in 2015. This number is expected to grow to 4.61 billion in 2016 and 4.77 billion in 2017. As a result, Muslims are no exception in downloading free mobile apps to suit our preferences and to cater our daily tasks. Numerous Islamic-based mobiles have created to cater the needs and demands of Muslims all over the world. It is about time to make the best of today’s technology at the service of Islam.
Let’s take a look at our preferences on free Islamic mobile apps below that could benefit you, your family and your daily needs and necessities :
- Muslim Pro (http://www.muslimpro.com/)
All-in-one and a must-have mobile app that could provide best and key references on your smartphones. Available both in iOS AppStore and Android Google Play, key features include Prayer’s time, Qiblat, Al-Quran (with Tafseer), a collection of Duas, Tasbih, Islamic Calendar, Mosques nearby, Shahadah, Halal Places, Zakat Calculator, 99 Names and Popular Surahs & Verses.
Muslim Pro has surpassed more than 10 million downloads across 216 countries since its launch in August 2010. In addition, it reported an average of almost 3 million monthly active users, which accounts for a good 30 per cent of its total user base.
- Zabihah (https://www.zabihah.com/)
Everyone’s (almost) favourite halal ‘go-to’ food & beverages directory available via both on iOS and Android. It features your nearest and preferred choice of halal option eateries and a guide of nearby Mosques to the users. It is believed to be one of the earliest mobile apps created for Muslims, and it is very popular especially in the UK, US and Europe.
- Muslimy (https://www.facebook.com/MuslimyApp/)
A cool mobile apps that provide a curated, life-inspiring content being created by Muslims for Muslims from all around the globe. The team in Gould Sydney, Australia has designed it specifically to boost positivity, inspiration and creativity in our daily lives, which are often drowned in negativity. Muslimy has given a minimalist approach to the design. It ensures that users would not miss out on any of the awesome things that are happening, being written, photographed, drawn, filmed, and more, by Muslims and/or about Muslims from (almost) every place around the globe.
- Ummaland (https://ummaland.com/)
This interactive and innovative social platform is designed as an alternative platform to Facebook. Dedicated just for Muslims, it is hoped to serve unity and boosts productivity for its users towards building a more fulfilling and holistic, spiritual life, here and hereafter, In Shaa Allah. Ummaland is conceived and designed exclusively for Muslims by Muslims in Denmark, with a true purpose to provide a solution-focused and community-based platform that connects billions of Muslims worldwide.
At-present, it has integrated to provide convenience and reliability to its users and followers through mobile apps, Ummaland. Alhamdulillah, Ummaland is still growing with its recent database that recorded more than 345,000 Muslims on this platform, of which 70% majority of ‘friends’ are Malaysians. It is available now in iOS since its new version has been relaunched by late-2016, and its Android version will be made available to the public later in 2017.
- Halal Gems (http://halalgems.com/)
The world’s first interactive digital magazine designed for halal foodies. You may download it for free via the AppStore (for iPhone users) and Google Play Store (for Android users). Halal Gems provides a cutting-edge technology that showcases beautiful design with unique content, including in-depth interviews, reviews on halal restaurants, current trends in halal food industry and events. It also includes halal status information of restaurants listed in the respective directory.
- Ramadhan Legacy (https://www.ramadanlegacy.com/)
The world’s first featured Islamic Mobile Apps that was specially designed for Ramadhan and it was launched in June 2015. Ramadhan Legacy directly supported Muslims during the holy month of Ramadhan to help fulfil their worshipping duties, learn about Islam and connect with other Muslims around the world. This app provides an inspirational yet practical tool for Muslims to fulfil their Ramadan and make key spiritual changes to their life. Through the app millions of acts of worship were recorded such as a number of days fasted, daily prayers and taraweeh, reading Qur’an and memorising ayats, du’as and hadiths all in one app.
Well-known Quran-based apps that introduce all Islamic religion text with a high smart book and local search engine, with more than 10 million users worldwide. It provides the convenience of searching for a specific word in the Al-Quran with a local search in addition to instant access to the selected result. When you open the first time the application contain an index of the Qur’an (Holy Islamic text), in addition to smart access that enables access to the settings, research, and ‘My Favourites’. You may press tab at any Surah, and the application will ask for the first time about the style of reading that you may prefer at your convenience. You may also post any Ayat (verses) and surahs on your personal Facebook, Twitter and whichever social networks.
- Hajjnet (https://www.hajjnet.com/en)
Founded in 2012 in Dubai, Hajjnet is the first brilliant mobile apps for smartphones designed to provide the ultimate guide and empowers Muslims by enhancing their Hajj and Umrah experiences through preparations and guiding the pilgrims. It is available on iOS (via App Store) and Android (via Google Play Store) this app gives the best of today’s technology with its key features include Hajj Dua, Counters, Interactive Maps, etc. It is popular amongst the pilgrims as it gives real time information, reliability, personalised and avoids possible pitfalls while getting most memorable experiences while performing Hajj and Umrah.
- QamarDeen (http://qamardeen.com/)
Specially designed by Batoul Apps, it is an app that assists you to track all of your daily spiritual efforts to help you to measure your status and help you to improve on a daily/ weekly/ monthly basis. It keeps track of how well you perform your solat, how regular you have been reciting the Al-Quran and how steadily you are fasting this year and how often you give out sadaqah and any form of charity. It also comes with in-built graph mode to visualise your progress, to help you analyse your behaviour and improve over time. Filters by time period or by type of action, it is available to view your progress in Salah (Solat), Fasting, Quran and Charity.
10. iSupplicate (https://www.facebook.com/isupplicate/)
It is the most comprehensive mobile apps for Doa and Ziyarah available in the global market. This app allows users to read, play text, audio/video files on iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android. It also allows users to supplicate in 3 ways and download its content to users’ smartphones or tablets.
Explore these awesome mobile apps to fit your busy daily schedule at your own convenience.
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Written by Erni Zawawi
A Gen-X who was born in Australia but bred in Kuala Lumpur. Erni has a vast experience in media and communications, particularly in TV broadcasting, and public and media relations for more than 20 years. A wordsmith by nature, Erni prefers coffee, shoes, books, and travel as constant remedies to stress. #awesomenessiscontagious