With the world currently moving forward consistently in terms of technology and globalisation, one cannot deny that even Muslims have been swept up by the winds of change.
There is no doubt that majority of the people living in the 21st century are now always on their phones, tablets and laptops.
Muslims are not excluded from that majority. We’re always checking our phones for Whatsapp messages, Facebook notifications and the latest Instagram posts from our favourite Insta queens.
But what of something not so worldly? What about checking up something more religious and more Islamic? This time around, we’re gonna look at the top 20 Muslim apps that have taken the Islamic world by storm.
- Seerah App
First and foremost, we have the Seerah App. This app is indeed an innovative and creative creation that combines technology and Islamic stories. The app is a story telling one that basically introduces Muslims old and young alike to the story of our Prophet Muhammad from his birth and so on. There are even games and animation that help the users learn more about the Prophet’s life. This is definitely an app you would want to download for a better understanding of our beloved Prophet’s life.
- Qur’an Academy
Another app would be the Qur’an Recitation, founded in New York, US. This is the app for you if you are interested to memorise the Quran. This app was discovered by Bilal Memon, a Quran Hafiz in 2014 and the app is one created for those who want to memorise the Quran in a more interactive and fun way. The app includes a gamification and audio recitation feature that will help Muslims anywhere to start memorising the Holy Book.
- Noor Quest app
The next app on our list is the Noor Quest app which is another educational, kid friendly app that was designed for kids who have an interest in astrological studies. Basically, kids can go through an adventure with the Muslimnauts (Muslim astronauts) and help protect a “space mosque”. This app is a fun and great way to teach your kids the values of being a good Muslim.
Tarjimly is an app founded by Atif Javed and it is one that is created for a good cause. Born of the need to help Muslim refugees, this app is dedicated to translating the stories of refugees arriving in the US, yet struggling to live a normal life due to the Muslim ban. Atif Javed has mentioned that they are trying to solve this problem by eradicating language barriers and has over a thousand and two hundred translators working for the app.
- Islamic GPS
The fifth one on our list is the Islamic GPS. Founded in London, this app is one that allows you to “see” awe inspiring Islamic heritage sights all over the globe. In order to “experience” the view, all you have to do is hold up your phone and turn around whichever way you want and suddenly you’re transported to that place itself. Talk about cool.
Next we have a Halal Food app known as Zabihah. This app even has a website known as Zabihah.com and it is one of the most original apps ever but is still considered the best out there. This is the app you need if you are a Muslim who has caught the wanderlust bug. As a traveller, you would definitely want to try the local cuisine and what better way than to find it and eat it too? All you need to do is download this app, take it out when you need to find a Halal eatery, shake your phone a couple of times and voila – a nearby restaurant serving Halal food.
We’ve all heard of the (in)famous dating app Tinder and OkCupid but what about a matchmaking app for Muslims specifically? Enter MuzMatch, an app dedicated to uniting people to find their soulmates and build a masjid. This London founded app has truly been a successful one as they have managed to get three thousand people happily married and they have over one hundred forty-five thousand members all across the globe. If you’re still searching for your ‘jodoh’, look no further and download this app. You never know if you might just find the Mr or Mrs Right just one continent away, InsyaAllah.
Another amazing Muslim app is the Modanisa, an app founded by Kerim Ture who has managed to make his corporation into one that is worth billions. This app is awesome because it allows the user to view the latest modest clothes found in the market today. Modanisa is operated in six langauges and is guaranteed to give the user the best shopping experience there is.
- Ramadhan Legacy
With Ramadhan fast on our heels, it is perhaps fitting that the next app we’ll be looking at is the Ramadan Legacy. Here is an app that helps to bring together Muslims during this holy month. This is one app that has a massive amount of users coming in at a hundred and fifty thousand over ninety countries who use it.
There is also a home grown app known as Mengaji created by Ariz Ramli known otherwise by his rapper name Caprice. This is the best app for South East Asians to use to recite the Quran as it is an app that truly connects people. It reaches out via an interactive, social media like way that helps build rapport and a sense of unity amongst Muslims while they strive to recite the Quran.
Wishing salam to people as a form of greeting is basically a universal thing for Muslims all over the world. So it’s completely understandable how there’s an app out there called Salam . This is the app that helps Muslims to perform their Hajj or Umrah. Hence, if you’re planning on going on a pilgrimage this is an app you’d definitely want to download.
Let us now move on to the next app on our list and that is the Canadian based Souqina. Another app that sells modest clothes, Souqina has a look and feel similar to Instagram but it is way more practical to an online shopper or seller. With this app, customers can buy the clothes they want directly from the designers themselves. How convenient is that? Definitely an app for those who love to shop for clothes.
Whilst the country we live in right now may be accepting of Muslims, it is unfortunately not the same as other countries out there in the world. Because of the ever prevalent Islamophobia spreading out like a dark plague over the US, Australia and Europe, there has been a need to create an app called Islamophobia Reporting. This is an app designed to collect information and analyse the situation where Islamophobia occurs and to discover its impact on Islamic communities.
Coming in at number thirteen is the Have Halal Will Travel. This Singaporean app is created in order to help Muslims around the world find Halal food as well as to visit awesome places in the country they visit. Basically, they are an app made to inspire Muslims to travel around the world and to show the rest of the world that we mean peace and are not at all advocates of violence or war.
- Bayan Quran
The next app originated from Dubai, and it is another one that is related to the Quran. What sets this apart from other Quran recitation apps is that this one focuses on the linguistic aspects of the Quran. Serious readers would be pleased to learn that this app provides translation in terms of finding the root word, the definition of said root word, the grammar and morphology of the verses too. This app is called Bayan Quran and it is one that you most definitely need to check out.
- Halal Gems
Looking for more Halal traveling apps? Well, look no further because Halal Gems is here to save the day. We have here on our list one app that was made to help Muslims find the best Halal restaurants all over the world. This is one app that not only caters to the ultimate Muslim foodie, but it also serves as a digital haven of special content providing their users with showcases of restaurants, halal foods that are trending as well as well-developed interviews.
Another app built by the USA is called Investroo and it is an app made for Muslims who want to start investing. You may invest in Google for a price as low as 5 dollars and actually own a piece of their shares. This is called Fractional shares. Another feature of the app is allowing their users to practice and learn the trade.
- Urban Halal
Urban Halal is one app that has gotten a lot of attention as of late. This app was founded by Javed Ali, an American Muslim entrepreneur passionate about Islam and business. He has combined the two to create Urban Halal, an app that helps Muslims everywhere find places to eat, shop, live ad pray.
- Scan Halal
Up next is Scan Halal, another app dedicated to helping Muslims find Halal food but this time around it’s to determine if a packaged food is Halal or not. This app is oh-so convenient for users as all you need to do is scan the item of interest and see if they have got in their database (which is infinitely large). The app tells if the food is indeed Halal or doubtfully so or even if it’s best not to buy it. It even helps you out if you are a vegan or vegetarian.
- Learn Quran
Learn Quran is one other app that helps users learn how to recite the Quran. Known as one of the most popular apps for Quran recitation, this app has been growing its fanbase since 2015. More than five hundred thousand people are known to favour this app and over one hundred and eighty countries recite the Quran using this app. Truly a fan favourite.
Lastly, every Muslims should have Muslim Pro Apps in their handphones as this is the most sought after apps by many Muslims globally. By having this app, you can get accurate prayer time & Azan application, Quran with translations, qibla locater, Islamic Hijri calendar, halal restaurant locater and many great features.
Thanks a lot to the creator of this apps as it has benefitted a lot of Muslim especially those who travels a lot.
Nur Jalilah Binti Abdul Aziz, freelance writer of this blog at Zaahara. Interests include blog writing, academic writing and creative writing.
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