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In the midst of the Silicon Valley, Muslims are making use of advanced technology to keep in practice with their religion. With the development of the iPad and various versions of iPods and iPhones, more and more applications are being designed to accommodate a diverse range of lifestyles.
Local Islamic application designer, Azmat Tanauli, says, “Just like the Gutenberg Press back when the Bible was being printed was a revolutionary item, the iPad is bringing the same revolution to [our understanding of] the Qur'an.”
With applications dedicated to informing worshippers of the daily prayer times, giving deep insight into Arabic root words within the Qur'an, and even informing Muslims of local restaurants that offer zabihah meat, practicing individuals now have access to an extensive amount of useful information just a touch away.
Similar applications are also becoming increasedly available on Blackberry and Android models.
Although there are number of applications specific to the Muslim faith, here is a list and short description of some of the most popular:
Zabihah: world's largest guide to halal restaurant and products
iQuran: complete text of the Quran in both Arabic and English with recitations
iPray: offers times for five daily prayers depending on city of residence, also includes Qibla information
iQibla: uses iPhone 3G’s GPS to identify the accurate direction of the Qibla
Izkar: simulation of tasbeeh (remembrance/Dhikr) beads
iZakah: calculates the required amount of zakah
iEatHalal: a guide that identifies zabihah food and restaurants
Fortification of the Muslim: a collection of prayers and supplications from the Quran and Sunnah
Mosques: a quick mosque finder to locate nearby places of worship
iHadith: a collection of some of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (S)