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August 11th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

7 apps for observing Ramadan

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The dates of Ramadan can differ among Islamic communities around the world, but in North America, many Muslims will mark the first day of Ramadan today. It's a holiday that has been observed around the world for thousands of years. This year, all of that history will meet modern technology, as Muslims utilize the multitude of software and iPhone apps that have sprung up to aid in Ramadan observations.

If you want to read a verse from Qur`an, there’s an app for that. If you want to be reminded of the five daily prayers, there’s an app for that. And if you need to know what direction to face when it’s time to pray, there’s an app for that, too. Here are 7 of the top apps for celebrating and observing Ramadan:

1. iPray: Offers a beeping reminder of requisite prayer times throughout Ramadan. There's also iPray Lite, similar to iPray, this app includes a program that simulates the clicking sound of prayer beads or the turning wheel of a handheld metal counter Muslims use to keep count of prayer repetitions.

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Filed under: Holidays • Islam • Ramadan • Technology

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  1. Informacje

    Wonderful article on the many questions you answered me really great! Share this article the rest of my friends! Yours!

    May 6, 2011 at 4:48 am |
  2. religion.blogs.cnn.com

    7 apps for observing ramadan.. Awful 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  3. JPSE Enterprises

    http://www.jpseenterprises.com

    November 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  4. Acmed Shams

    We should be wary of overt islamophobia, and be careful to single out extremists, such as the Taliban.
    we must all do this.
    You absolutely MUST see this:

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9aw6Cnw0hY&w=640&h=360]

    August 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  5. M

    Reality:
    There's nothing any of us can say to change your mind. In continuing to group together all Muslimsm, you partake in generalizations that are unfounded.
    Why do you care if I believe in angels or not? Does it affect you? Shouldn't you just be concerned that I live my life according to "mala in se" morals? Yes, there are bad people in the world. But your generalizations are not fair. Should we say that all Germans are evil because their grand parents were part of Hitler's army? What about the Romans? Conquestadors? The Hun?
    I believe that it is easier for you to group us all together, call us idiots because of what you THINK we believe based on what you read online or in books written by people of similar schools of thinking. In "Reality", you know nothing about who I am or what I believe in, and it should have no bearing on you or your life.
    If you want to worry about people, please, worry about terrorists and the poor social conditions that allow them to thrive and cause them to exist. It's not about religion, it's about manipulation. It's about fitting in to a group that promises them things that they don't know any better about. Sure, those manipulators may use "religion" as the basis, but that doesn't mean the religion is inherently bad.
    I wonder if you could answer me this: Why do you care so much? And what do you hope to accomplish?

    August 12, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Reality

      M,

      The following video explains exactly why we abhor koranic-driven terror and horror.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
    • Reality

      M,

      Some added comments on angels:

      One might say that it is all about the founders of the major religions and their favorite "tin-ker bell(s)" aka angel.

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tinkerer" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day de-mon of the deme-nted.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tin-ker bells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallucinations did not stop with Joe Smith.

      "This belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and Assyrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an Assyrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallucinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hittites and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      August 13, 2010 at 12:17 am |
    • Reality

      Some added comments on angels:

      One might say that it is all about the founders of the major religions and their favorite "tin-ker bell(s)" aka angel.

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tinkerer" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day de-mon of the deme-nted.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet, profit, prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  6. Really?

    reality? what world you live in dude?

    August 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  7. Educate ur self

    Madmo, I am very surpirised that you have this sort of take on Islam, yes there has been many incidents as you have mentioned but remember that handful of these people don't represent the wide sector of muslims that truely believe in this religion of Peace. But remember when there is war there will be casualties, no war has been fought without death, chaos, and destruction. Any kind of war and fighting is not allowed in this holy month, and the ones that do fight, have not read Quran or believe in its true teachings. To help you understand the respect that Islam teaches for other religions maybe you can watch "Kingdom of Heaven" or maybe the last 5 minutes. Pick up Quran one day and read it with a clean mind as you would Bible. Maybe it will help you understand Islam better, don't form an opinion about anything based on what others have told you, read it yourself and then base your argument supported by facts not farse.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  8. M

    Reality:
    Your comments represent what fundamentalists may perceive as our religion. You will find the same degree fo fundamentalists observe all religions. The things you mention are not part of the average Muslim's beliefs, and I hope one day you will know this.

    August 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • Reality

      Apparently, the moderators do not know much about the tenets of Islam so one more time, the top five with commentary:

      o Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.
      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days fasting in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      August 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  9. M

    Wow. I'm sorry that you hate us. We are just your typical neighbors- we have jobs, and hobbies, and children... We live by the same morals as you do- don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal, earn an honest living, love your neighbor, bring up our children proper... I'm sorry that you chose to believe the stories that make media profitable, and I'm sorry that the media chooses to focus on those few who do such evil. I hope one day you can all befriend a true Muslim so you can know us for who we really are, not what we are portrayed to be. At least I hope this for my children's sake.

    August 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
    • Gary

      M, I agree with your post . Have two close muslims friends here @ work . A few of my Neib are muslim seem extremely friendly family oriented and hardworking. .....M many here have compiled a list of horrible acts done by a few extreme evil "muslims" As an intelligent agnostic open minded person what concerns me is the silence of the muslim community after 9-11 the ft. hood shooting and other events. It seems the muslim community is more concerned about not being hated on or judged rather than calling out the extremists and being vocal in the media to calm the nerves of non muslim Americans.

      August 12, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  10. Robert

    Madmo, I think you’re really mad...uneducated and maybe plain ignorant
    Islam is a religion of Peace. Just because a person commits a crime and claims to be Muslim, does not mean he/she is Muslim. Was Tim McVeigh a real Christian? Life is wrong to take in any religion.

    August 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Reality

      Again, the larger issues are the flaws in all religions. Quoting single passages from the hallucination and myth-based koran has no meaning with respect to the major flaws and errors of Islam. Once again since you still have problems coming to grips with these errors:

      1. Belief in "pretty/ugly wingie thingies".

      2. Belief that an hallucinating, illiterate Arab did actually talk to the "pretty Gabriel" in the hot "Gabe" cave and therein received the warmongering and anti-female words and resultant laws now listed in the koran.

      3. That Sunnis are superior to Shiites in all aspects of life. And Shiites think the same way about Sunnis.

      4. That Islam is perfect and the koran inherently condones no sin even though the 24/7, 800 year-old blood feud between Sunnis and Shiites gives significant credence that greed, ha-te, suic-ides, ass-assinations, m-aiming, and murder are condoned by the koran. Having multiple wives also gives significant credence to the sins of r-ape, ad-ultery, -l-ust and poly-gamy. The condoned treatment of these wives gives credence that the koran allows the sins of hat-red, an-ger and greed.

      August 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • Americano

      REALITY...

      IT IS ALL ABOUT FIRST AMENDMENT PERIOD....

      TODAY ABOUT THIS GROUP FEELING, TOMORROW ABOUT THE OTHER GROUP FEELING AND SO ON AND SO ON....

      Until no more freedom to talk about...

      The only reason BIGOT, ISRAELI MOSSAD, WHITE TRASH HILLBILLY, FOLLOWERS OF PAT ROBERTSON are all over this subject because their IGNORANCE, RACISM, AND BIGOTRY...

      AMERICA IS THE LAND OF THE FREEEEEEEEEEEEE......

      August 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  11. madmo

    Any apps for Stonings, Amputations, FGM( female genital mutilation), suicide bombings, pedophile, .....

    August 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  12. madmo

    the above post you can see in 'the religion of peace dot com'

    August 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  13. madmo

    'Thousands of years' is wrong. Islamic cult was introduced by Mo 14 centuries ago.

    August 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  14. Emad

    Happy Ramadan ! A month that teaches us Muslims how to be patient, disciplined and empowers our self control. It also makes you feel how a poor person feels when they are hungry and have no food or drinks. Fasting was clinically proven to clean your digestive system and purify your body from everyday junk. So if you are not a Muslim try to fast just to experience what poor people feel like. Remember nothing last forever and we all die sooner or later. Muslims may Allah bless all of us. Happy Ramadan!

    August 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  15. Robert

    Hope Ramadan goes well for all the Muslims in teh world.
    To all those folks that have nothing better to do then hate, seriously get a life...

    August 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  16. Robert

    Jope R

    August 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  17. Reality

    The real ramadan: Sleep all day, party and gorge all night!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  18. Gary

    dont eat pork, fast from sun up to sun down. wash your face , wear a turpin bow to pray to allah . hate all jews and infidels

    August 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
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