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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

From fajr to isha: stay the course with the best Ramadan apps

We review a selection of mobile tools for Muslims observing prayers and fasting this holy month

The sun sets over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Victor Besa / The National
The sun sets over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Victor Besa / The National

With the advent of Ramadan, many of those observing the holy month witness a change in their daily routine. In order to help you keep up with the various tasks you might want to do during Ramadan, we’ve looked at some of the most useful mobile applications covering various areas such as prayer timings, supplication reminders, Quran reading trackers, health and nutrition tips, as well as entertainment guides. Here are our picks, listed by category.

Religious apps

For an app with advanced features Muslim Pro-Ramadan 2018, one of the most popular app on Islam available on Google Play, is recognised by millions of Muslims around the world as the most accurate prayer time and athan application. It 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 mosques and halal restaurants.

Another pick would be Athan Pro, a mobile app also used by millions of Muslims around the world. Athan Pro brings you the most accurate prayer times and many other features such as Quran, tasbeeh, Islamic calendar and compass to locate the Qibla.

Search by city to get your exact local times for prayer timings in Ramadan 2018, in addition to other information such as the explanation of the 99 names of Allah, 30 prayer categories and a Ramadan countdown. A free all-in-one Islamic app, Ramadan 2018 is available on the App store for IOS devices and has multiple features like Muslim prayer times with an athan (call for prayer) feature, Qibla compass with calculated distance, Ramadan calendar, prayers, Hijri date converter and the 99 names of Allah.

Throughout the year and especially during Ramadan, charitable work becomes more common. To record your charitable donations, install QamarDeen. It is a new and unique Islamic app used to also track your daily spiritual efforts such as prayers, Quran reading, donations and fasting. It is available on Google Play.

With English and Arabic translations, the free Daily Dua & Azkar mp3 Islamic app features prayers that you might enjoy. This is a 6-mb, offline and free application that is available on Google Play Store.

If you’re constantly on the move and need help locating mosques around you, then the Salatuk app is a great pick. It indicates the prayer timings, mosques near to you and the Qibla direction, wherever you are. The app uses the location upon which all the related religious/worship tasks are determined accordingly, depending on the exact time of day.

A reading app called Khatma app will help you to keep track of your Quran readings and set a daily reminder to finish the amount of reading that will allow you to finish the holy book by the end of Ramadan.

Health and food apps

Featured in the New York Times, Women’s Health, Shape, Forbes, ABC and more, Noom: Health & Weight

app has already attracted more than 45 million people worldwide who want to build healthier habits.

It is a programme with a proven psychology-based approach that identifies your deep-rooted thoughts and triggers, and builds a custom game plan to help you form healthy habits, faster.

If you do not wish to turn down your friends’ or family’s tantalising iftar invitations because you are on a diet programme, apps such as Regime in Ramadan will help you to stick to your plan without ever missing the lovely shared iftar moments with your loved ones. The app will also provide you with a Ramadan diet plan to help you reduce weight.

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MyFitnessPal, only available on the App Store for iOS devices, is a calorie counter and diet tracker that will come in handy too. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, change your habits or start a new diet, you’ll love MyFitnessPal.

Indulge in a 10,000-recipe app that can save you a lot of time and effort searching recipes in hefty books, with Atbaki , which includes Arabic and international cuisines for all occasions and recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. You can start with recipes such as tagine and couscous to enjoy the delicacy of Moroccan cuisine – it’s the perfect iftar prep companion.

Cookpad, which includes more than 200,000 Ramadan recipes, is also a great choice for easy and delicious homemade recipes, and is the best place to share and find recipes made by home cooks like you. The app makes cooking a social affair.

It provides a unique social and safe environment for people to search for and save recipes, publish recipes and photos, or share privately with friends and family.

If you are interested in healthy eating during Ramadan, in need of some medical tips, insight about dietary misconceptions , in addition to religious guidance, download Hakibat Al Saem fi Ramadan app from Google Play Store.

Entertainment apps

Fan of TV shows during Ramadan? To follow the series and programmes of MBC channel, Shahid.net has got you covered and will keep you entertained without ad interruptions. Shahid is the number one premium Arabic Video On Demand service in the world and offers the best shows, documentaries, films and series/dramas for a seamless experience.

Knowledgeable of Islamic history, prophets and invasions? Well then you will enjoy the educational contest Rashfa Ramadania. You can entertain yourself through this simple and fun electronic game that features a colourful Ramadan cultural contest with various puzzles and questions, such as Islamic history, prophets and invasions.

It’s fun, but you will also brush up on your knowledge, too. Plus, the game also features a mystery for each day of the month of Ramadan.

Communication apps

Celebrate Ramadan and express your love and gratitude to your family and friends by sending them an Eid greeting card during the Ramadan-Eid festive season.

There are many apps, including Ramadan Greeting Cards HD, GIF Ramadan Greeting Cards, GIF Greeting Islamic Cards, and and the multi-purpose Islamic Greeting Cards. These all feature many beautiful greeting cards in bountiful galleries.

You can also personalise your mobile’s home screen with an Islamic wallpaper. The apps Islamic Wallpapers, Islamic Wallpapers HD and Allah Islamic Wallpapers comprise a wide variety of images; mosque, typography, calligraphy and more that you can share with your loved ones via Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp or e-mail.

Ramadan kareem.