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Windows 8 And Windows Phone 8 For This Ramadan Season

[Screenshot from Prayer Times in Islam]

The Holy Month of Ramadan has begun! Muslims around the world have been leveraging the use of technology, especially mobile applications, to help them observe the holy month with ease. iOS or Android device owners especially have a wide range of choices; if you’re a Windows 8 or Windows Phone user, no worries, there are plenty of options to choose from as well, whether it is finding out prayer timings, find the Qibla or listen to Surahs from the Holy Qu’ran.

Here’s a look at 8 of them:

Ramadan Kareem (Windows Phone/Windows 8)

A perfect companion app that shows prayer timings and countdown to the next prayer and Iftar. The app also provides useful tools such as Mosque locator, a Qibla Finder as well as a Quran calculator, to determine the number of pages that needs to be read to achieve one’s reading goal at the end of the Holy month. Other unique features include the free streaming TV and Radiocontent, a selection of Fatwa and holy readings, special Ramadan recipes as well as a non-Muslim section that explains the do’s and don’ts of Ramadan.

Al Quran (Windows Phone/Windows 8)

Listen to a beautiful collection of melodiously recited Surahs from the Holy Qur’an in this app. Targeted at English-speaking users, the app contains text and audio clips in Arabic. The app also works when offline, making it easier for users to access the recitations.

For Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Prayer Times In Islam (Windows 8)

The app provides users with Islam Prayers Times, and even reminds users to offer their prayers on time, no matter where they are.

For Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Ramadan Times (Windows Phone)

The location-aware app allows you to keep tabs on the Suhoor and Iftar timings along with reminders, tiles and lock screen notifications.

Users can choose to read and share translated Qur’anic verses, Hadiths and Quotes from notable religious personalities via SMS, Social Networks and Email. Additionally, users can also view Prayer timings with monthly calendars of a year based upon chosen calculation methods and location.

For Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Muslim Prayers (Windows Phone)

Another great companion app that allows you to do more with its highly customizable options for an amazing Windows Phone 8 experience. Every feature including updated prayer times, and Qibla/Mosque Locator can be pinned to the start menu and accessed directly from the home screen.

Nokia Lumia users will be delighted to know that its Mosque Locator is directly integrated with Nokia HERE Drive and allows you to take advantage of the voice guided navigation with just one click. Aesthetically, the app also makes beautiful use of live tiles, allowing you to see your prayer times flicker on the tiles of your home screen.

Essential Duas (Windows Phone)

Essential Duas compiles a plethora of Islamic Duas for Muslims in a neat, clear interface, which is very in-line with the Windows Phone design language.  The app offers a simple, yet elegant way to recite supplications on-the-go. Non-Arab users will be looking forward to reading transliterations and translations of  each supplication that helps one to understand the meaning of the Duas and learn them better. Also, users may choose to share Duas with their loved ones, whether through SMS, email or even social media.

Tasbih (Windows Phone)

Get closer to Allah SWT with this nifty app as it helps to count your Dzikir digitally.

MicroSalat (Windows Phone)

Know exactly when to pray with this prayer calculator that calculates prayer times based on coordinates. Users will also be notified of the next prayer via live tiles and alarm notifications. The Hijri calendar is also available on this app.

Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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