Seema Tasneem is able to spend the over two hours of her commute in a very judicious way this Ramadan. On her way from Yeshwantpur to Sarjapur, she slips out her smartphone to read the Quran.
"I have downloaded an app called iQuran on my mobile and spend my commuting time reading it. My friend uses Divya Quran, which is a popular Kannada app,” she says.
For the e-savvy devout hard-pressed for time, this seems an ideal option for they are easily available on Android and iOS platforms, according to The Hindu newspaper.
Mohammed Saeed, a software consultant, says: "As technology evolves, so does religion, and with it new ways of keeping connected with the Holy Book. The demand for Quran apps has seen a tremendous rise this year and some apps have seen more than 10,000 downloads.” He says a lot of Islamic institutions are striving to either assist by providing authentic information about Islam for the apps or are getting apps developed. These apps can be downloaded free and people can use it on the move, he says.
Khateeb O Imam of Juma Masjid, Shivajinagar, Moulana Abdul Qadir Shah Wajid, says it is good that technological advances are helping people in their " ibadat” (prayers). He, however, cautioned users to ensure that the prayers these apps contain are "correct and in sync with the Quran”. The apps are user friendly with options for the text in different languages, with translations. Users can either read the text or listen to the recitation. They can bookmark it so as to continue it from that particular page during the next use. Moreover, the apps also have ‘duaas’, Quranic verses, ‘hadiths’ and stories from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).