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From apps to prayer mats: Four ways technology can power up your Ramadan
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From apps to prayer mats: Four ways technology can power up your Ramadan

From apps to prayer mats: Four ways technology can power up your Ramadan
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Two young women wearing hijabs using digital tablet on footbridge. Getty Images/Eugenio Marongiu. Photo for illustrative purposes only.

INTERACTIVE PRAYER MATS

Here’s one way to make praying more interesting for the little ones: an interactive prayer mat.

My Salah Mat teaches children how to pray using appealing sounds, colours and images. It introduces salah, one of the most important pillars of Islam, to children in a fun, easy and interactive way. 

Kamal Ali, who designed and launched My Salah Mat in January 2018, claims that his product gives children a positive experience and helps them remember salah. Parents, he says, can use the mat to learn together with their children.

“You sit down with your children and discuss the different elements of salah. It may also teach the adults a thing or two; for example, I didn’t know what the word ‘julus’ meant until I started designing the mat,” he said.

Ali, who is based in the UK, is in talks with potential buyers and e-commerce sites that are showing interest in his product. At the moment, My Salah Mat can be purchased from its website and is available via retailers in seven countries, including the US, South Africa and Australia.

My Salah Mat

RAMADAN APPS: MUSLIM PRO, IQURAN

Muslim Pro is the go-to app for everything Ramadan-related. From prayer reminders, to Imsakiyah time notifications and Qibla directions, to finding the closest halal restaurants, the app helps your spiritual journey during Ramadan. The Quran in Muslim Pro is available in many languages, including English and Malay, and has audio and bookmarks that make it even more convenient for users.

An online version of the Quran is available on iQuran in Arabic along with a translation and a full set of audio recitation files. On Android and iOS devices, iQuran Lite is available as a free download. 

FREE QURAN SEARCH ENGINES

Learn Quran Tafsir is a free online tafsir that is accessible from your smartphone, tablet or PC (a tafsir is a body of commentary and explication aimed at explaining the meanings of the Quran). This Quran search engine was started in the middle of 2017 by a team of four youngsters based in Depok, Indonesia.

Mohamad Sani, the CEO of Learn Quran, said in a statement, “Allah said in the Quran Surah 16:89, ‘We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims.’ So we developed Learn Quran Tafsir to make it easy for people to ask anything, to find anything, in the Quran without worrying about the credibility of the sources as you may encounter by using Google.”

Learn Quran Tajwid is the first product from the Learn Quran Foundation, which was established in 2015. Learn Quran Tafsir was released in the Indonesian language on January 21, and the English version was launched last month.

GOOGLE LAUNCHES SEARCH FEATURE FOR RAMADAN

Google primed itself to handle Ramadan traffic by adding new search features on May 16 that enable users to get all the Ramadan-related information they need, whether it is prayer timings, halal restaurants or recipes on YouTube. 

“This year, we’ve put together a few special experiences across Google to help people get the most out of the occasion, like bringing you the most relevant information right to your search results or a new way to share Ramadan greetings that was made using virtual reality technology,” Najeeb Jarrar, Marketing Manager at Google for the Middle East and North Africa, said at a press event.

(Editing by Seban Scaria seban.scaria@thomsonreuters.com)

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