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10 Best Islamic Apps Every Muslim Must Have in 2021 (updated)

Every practicing Muslim knows that Islam encompasses every aspect of one’s life. So, it should be no surprise that in the modern world, where technology fits in our pockets, our smartphones provide access to unlimited knowledge and know-how for our daily needs, including our Islamic needs.

We’ve done the research, and have combed through Google Play Store and iOS App Store to find for you the best Islamic apps for every occasion in 2021. Our recommendations are based on data, and not just on our own opinions.

Our selection criteria are based on their popularity, average ratings, functionality (such as being available offline). We’ve chosen two for each category for users who are mindful of app sizes, with a larger and a smaller size for apps in each category.

Best Islamic Apps Overall

The best Islamic apps overall are Muslim Assistant, available for both Android and iPhone users, as the app have the most features. If your phone is constrained by app size, then you may prefer the smaller app, Muslim Assistant, which has all the features, with only a small app size of 24.0 MB. We’ve listed their features side by side to easily compare between the two.

For Ramadan, we’ve compiled a list of best Ramadan apps.

Note: We’ve updated this article to remove our recommendation of the a very popular Muslim app, which has over 98 million downloads due to previous user data breaches as first reported by Vice.com, and has been picked up by various other news sites, such as Business Insider and TRT. We’ve also ensured that another prayer app that has been reported to have user data breaches is not in our list.

The following app was chosen as they contain all the requirements of a Muslim to perform their ibadah, from reading the Quran, translation of the Quran, Tajweed, Prayer Times, Azan, Qiblah direction, and Tasbih counter, and for Android users, the additional authentic Hadiths.

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Best Azan Apps & Islamic Prayer Apps

The best Azan apps and Islamic prayer apps are al-Moazn Lite and iPray for iPhone and Android phones, and for Athan Now app for Android users only. These apps focus on enabling Muslims to perform the obligatory prayer (the solah) such as Azan, Prayer Times and Qiblah direction and if available, the after prayer ibadah such as du’a and dhikir count. The best Islamic apps overall have azan features and more, which we’ve listed in the above category.

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Best Quran Apps

There are so many Quran apps available now, that its a shame if we don’t at least try to use one to bring us closer to Allah s.w.t through his blessed book. In this section, we’ve identified the three best Quran apps for the purpose of reading, listening, and understanding of the Quran which are Quran Pro, The Holy Quran- English, and Quran Majeed, which are all available in both the Google Play Store as well as in the iPhone’s App Store.

We have not included any Quran apps that are meant for deeper knowledge or education, which we will update in another article inshaAllah.

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Best Islamic Browser App

This app is in its own category, as there are no other similar apps that aim to protect the Muslim’s faith while browsing the internet. It is a browser, with safety features, suitable for all family members including children, as well as have the main Islamic app features such as Islamic Prayer Times, Qibla direction, and news aggregator. It’s available in both the Google Play Store and in Apple App Store.

Think of it as an alternative to Google Chrome browser or Safari browser, with the added benefits of protecting the user from entering non-halal websites, as well as the usual Islamic app features. It is quite large in size, at 123.6 MB, and has been downloaded by 1,000,000 users, and with an average rating of 4.6.

In Summary

You can also consider switching technology to Muslim or Islamic friendly tech. We’ve listed ten of the technologies in this post.

If you want to learn Quran via a mobile app, consider the list we’ve prepared for you in this article.

If you want to practice Islam, smartphone apps have been a great enabler for us Muslims to practice it fully. The choice is truly ours to make.

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