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Searching For Islamic Apps? Here Are 9 Top Apps To Have In 2020



Not surprisingly, in the modern world, where technology is just at our fingertips, our smartphones provide unlimited access to knowledge for our daily lives. This encompasses our Islamic needs.

For the Muslim community, Islamic-related applications are very important, especially in obligatory matters such as finding the direction of Qibla, knowing the time of prayer, or reading the Quran.

To help Muslims find the best apps, here are the nine best Islamic apps available through the Google Play Store and iOS App Store for you in 2020.

1. Muslim Assistant and Muslim Prayer Times, Azan, Quran & Qibla By Al Hiwar

Muslim Assistant app was available for Android and iOS users while Muslim Prayer Time by Al-Hiwar for Android users only. These applications have many features that were helpful. If your phone is limited by the size of the app, then you may prefer a smaller app that is Muslim Assistant, which has all the features, with only a small app size.

These applications contain all the requirements of a Muslim to perform their worship. Among them are reading the Al-Quran, translation of Al-Quran, Tajweed, Prayer Time, Azan, Qibla direction, and Tasbih counter. Interestingly for Android users, additional authentic Hadith are also provided.

Muslim Assistant

Muslim Prayer Time by Al-Hiwar

Picture: Google

2. al-Moazin Lite, iPray, and Athan Now

These three applications are the best Azan application and Islamic prayer application. The apps are al-Moazn Lite and iPray for iPhone and Android phones, and the Athan Now app only for Android users.

This application focuses on enabling Muslims to perform prayers such as Azan, know the prayer time and Qibla direction. Also provided are after prayer worship such as the number of du’a and dhikir count.

al-Moazn Lite


Athan Now

Picture: Google

3. Quran Pro, The Holy Quran- English, and Quran Majeed

For the best applications to read the Qur’an, these three are the best Qur’an applications. Among them are Quran Pro, The Holy Quran- English, and Quran Majeed, all of the apps are available in the Google Play Store and also in the iOS App Store.

These applications are very helpful for the Muslim community for the purpose of reading, listening, and understanding the Qur’an.

Quran Pro

The Holy Quran- English

Quran Majeed

Picture: Google Play Store/iOS App Store

4. SalamWeb

SalamWeb is a browser, with security features and is suitable for all family members including children. This is the first browser made for Muslims to enjoy a safe and enjoyable Internet experience that is very much in line with their religious beliefs.

The app also features major Islamic applications such as Islamic Prayer Times, Qibla directions, and even news. It is available in the Google Play Store and in the Apple App Store.

Interestingly, SalamWeb has daily quotes that offer daily inspirational quotes from the Quran every day.


Picture: Google Play Store

Source: Google Play Store, iOS App Store

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Penang MAQIS Seizes RM517,700 Worth of Arabica Green Coffee Beans




BUTTERWORTH, Jan 19 — The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) seized 19.2 tonnes of Arabica green coffee beans worth RM517,700 which did not meet import permit conditions at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT).

Penang MAQIS director Zarina Ramli said the department found 640 gunny sacks of coffee beans when its officer inspected a container from Kenya at 4.45 pm last Sunday.

“All the coffee beans are being investigated for not complying with 3P certificate (grading, packaging and labelling),” she said in a statement here today.

The case is being investigated under Section 15(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728), and those found guilty will be fined not more than RM100,000 or jailed for up to six years, or both,

Zarina said MAQIS will continue to take serious steps on issues related to food safety, disease control and risk of pest entry, which can affect the country’s agriculture industry.

She added MAQIS is committed to ensure every agricultural product entering the country meets the terms and conditions set by the government.


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COVID-19 Vaccine In Line With Means To Prevent Diseases, Avoid Harm – Jakim



KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — The use of the COVID-19 vaccine is in line with Islamic law as a means to prevent diseases as well as to protect others from harm.

A research officer in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fahmi Rusli said the vaccination is necessary for those who have been identified by the government, among them the frontline workers and high risk groups including the elderly.

“The COVID-19 vaccination is similar to the administration of injected vaccines on babies to prevent the spread of various diseases such as polio and so forth,” he said when appearing as guest in the Tanya Jakim segment titled `What’s With the COVID-19 Vaccine’ which was live-streamed on the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Facebook page today.

Fahmi said, Islam promotes disease prevention as according to a hadith from Prophet Muhammad SAW it was mentioned that “He who eats seven ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”

He said, Islam encourages its followers to prevent diseases or seek treatment early before a disease is spread to others, adding that refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine can cause a person to infect others and this is contrary to Islamic teachings.

Earlier, Bernama reported that the Special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs had agreed that the use of COVID-19 vaccine is compulsory for groups that have been identified by the government and permissible for others.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Senator Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri was quoted as saying that the ruling had been communicated to the Conference of Rulers.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when announcing the Malaysian Economic and Rakyat’s Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI) on Monday said the government expects  to receive the first batch of vaccines by the end of February with the first  group to be vaccinated      by early March.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will run in stages over a 12-month period and almost 27 million or over 80 per cent of the population are expected to receive the vaccine by the first quarter of next year.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Frozen Message In A Bottle Found In Norway, 16 Years After It Was Tossed Into The Sea




A frozen message in a bottle was washed off the coast in Norway 16 years after a couple from Shetland threw it into the sea while sailing.

When Helene Hundeide, from Måløy, found the frozen bottle, the 24-year-old was searching for a place to set her hammock up and make a fire.

Inside, she noticed a message posted by Peter and Susan Henry from Noonsbrough on August 7, 2004.

The message said that the couple were on the Vega yacht, returning home after 10 days sailing around Unst – and asked anyone who noticed the note to contact them.

“It was very exciting,” said Ms. Hundeide. “I have never found a bottle mail before, and that it would be as old as 16 years – wow!

“That was absolutely incredible.”

Ms. Hundeide, who manages power lines, attempted to contact the couple via the email address on the note but discovered that it was out of use.

She then posted the photo on a local Facebook group and shared it on the page Stories n Photos o Maritime Shetland, where its senders were recognized by several people. The story was also picked up in Måløy by the Fjordenes Tidende newspaper.

Ms. Hundeide was able to reach Mr. Henry within an hour with the help of Facebook users.

“He was surprised that the bottle post had been found after so many years,” said Ms. Hundeide.

Ms. Hundeide has also talked to Mrs. Henry and says that when the pandemic is over, they are both “very nice people” whom she wants to meet in Noonsbrough.

“It looks like a beautiful place,” she said. “I love to travel, so that’s the next destination I will visit.”

In the meantime, Ms. Hundeide says she plans to frame the message.

“It is in good condition, so this is a memory for life,” she added.

Source: Daily Mail

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