Muslims across the globe are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan and studying the Koran to deepen their faith.
But now there are apps to help Muslims observe the holy month effectively—and there’s been a sharp increase in downloads.
“Our data shows that usage of Muslim related apps is on the rise,” said Moshe Alexenberg from the Isreali firm, Similar Web.
To produce the analysis, the firm measured data from its panel of users and monitoring web traffic in the United Kingdom.
So what apps are British Muslims using to prepare for the Holy Month?
This app has leaped 836 places in the Google app charts. It is a newly-developed programme, which allows Muslims to keep a Ramadan journal, plan their fasts and hear stories from other people around the world.
“The app enhances one’s Ramadan experience by combining technology and design,” its designers said.
This programme, that can be used in a variety of languages, points towards Mecca thereby allowing Muslims to direct their prayers to the holy place
It also gives the exact distance in miles and can be used in a variety of languages.
The app has jumped 84 places in the Google Play rankings to become the 671 most popular app in the UK.
Claiming to be the most popular app in Britain, Muslim Pro offers “the most accurate prayer time application on mobile devices”.
It tells you when to pray and fast, and offers directions to nearby halal restaurants when it’s time break fast.
The app is somewhat of a one stop shop, with a diary of Muslim events, replete with a copy of the Koran complete with recitations.
It allows users to emblazon their images with religious quotes and then share their words on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The app is particularly popular in the Middle East, especially among youngsters.
This is a must for Ramandan: a searchable version of the Islamic holy book complete with recitations and translations
It is customary to study the Koran during Ramadan, so this app can expect to receive heavy usage.