Our Guide to the best Ramadan Apps
This Ramadan, we wanted to share with you some great apps for teaching Islamic children all about Ramadan and what it means to be a Muslim during this time. These apps are also fantastic for helping non-Muslims to learn more about the holy month of Ramadan. Of course there are dozens of Ramadan themed apps available so we have tried to focus on those that can be harnessed in a more educational capacity.
All of the app icons to the right can be clicked on to visit the iTunes page for each one.
We have to start with the excellent ebook Ramadan Murbarak: Happy Ramadan by Suzanne Muir. Her books are animated and fun, making them perfect for younger learners and particularly good for introducing non-Muslims to the ideas and beliefs behind Ramadan. Read our interview with Suzanne by clicking here.
Next up is the I Like Fasting ebook which is a delightful story about a young girl called Alif who teaches readers about the meaning and aims of Ramadan. Aimed at younger children, the app is well-presented and engaging. It also incorporates interactive elements like colouring pages and quizzes. Definitely worth a look.
Hasala In Ramadan is the third children's ebook app that we suggest for younger Muslims. A collection of fourteen comicbook style stories centering on the young biy Hasala during the holy month of Ramadan, The art is bright and vibrant - definitely appealing to kids!
Moving on to a different style of app, iPray is essentially a tool for automatically reminding Muslims about prayer times. It also uses the built in GPS for an accurate Qibla compass. Naturally, this makes it a useful app during Ramadan but beyond the obvious use of teaching about prayer's role in the Muslim faith, the app could effectively be used in a cross-curricular maths lesson focusing on times and timetables.
A comprehensive app for Ramadan learners is definitely Ramadan Kit, by dedicated Islamic app developers Al-Khawarizmi. More expensive than some other apps of its type but definitely well-detailed, it contains a full Quran commentary as well as information on duas and a host of biographies.
The next app we want to spotlight is Ramadan Greetings which is essentially a ecard designer. Users can select from a range of designs and edit text before emailing their card to a loved one. Simple but effective and could be combined with a short writing assignment to develop a relevant, personal message for the card.
The final app we are going to share with you covers a lot of what these last few also do, but all in one app! Muslim Pro - Azan, Quran & Qibla is a great collection of applications within one package that includes prayer timings, a neatly animated qibla compass, The Holy Quran (including mp3 versions and translations), the Muslim Calendar and greeting cards. A worthy app to end with as it produces a wealth of teaching and learning opportunities!
There have been some great new apps launched since the last Ramadan, so I thought it would make sense to add them to the article.
NB The links for these apps are the names in the text rather than the images.
First up is the superb Ramadan by Gihad Chbib which is quite possibly the best Ramadan app we've yet seen. It allows users to track their efforts during Ramadan, logging prayers, good deeds etc and even providing statistical feedback (eg percentages) making for some excellent cross-curricular maths opportunities! It's an excellent choice for target setting with younger Muslims eager to particpate during teh Holy Month as they will engage with this interactive app and enjoy the process of tracking their personal achievements. This itself can then be linked to other personal learning targets as the school year continues/begins again.
Beautifully designed, easy to use and completely free. What's not to like?
Another new addition to the App Store is Eton Institute's Ramadan App which is a good choice for introducing the topic, especially with a class that contains a lot of non-Muslim children. It covers basic do's and dont's as well as using the iPad's GPS to locate nearby mosques. This is a great addition as it could be incorporated into both maths and geography lessons effectively. It even has some simple Arabic phrases and it's also free.
Finally we have to mention Salah 3D Pro Islam. You may remember this from the Islamic Education series here on the site being produced by Sabba Quidwai. Essentially it's a 3D animation of salah prayer that can be used as a step by step guide.
An awesome tool for the animation generation to access this information in a way that they feel comfortable (and will keep them engaged), it allows users to control the content by rewinding and fastforwarding as required. It will even pronounce key terms when you click on them.