Narrated Abu Huraira (RadiAllahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi wa-Alihi Wasallam) said, “Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Bukhari, B: 32 H: 231)
Assalamualaikum all the Muslims around the globe
Today, we are really excited to launch our third app for Windows Phone with the name of Ramadan Times. Ramadan Times is first-ever location-aware app for Windows Phone with Prayer and Fasting times together.
In this post, I wouldn’t write an stupendous review of my own app but I would rather brief you about its features, options and preferences you could set and make it useful. Along with that, I will also discuss the limitations and upcoming features in the next update of an app.
Just in case you’re wondering to see Madinah Munawarrah below the title of Ramadan Times on the main screen – I have discussed its reason and possible options for you at the end of this post.
The main panorama consists of three sections;
We have got the countdown timer that depicts the time remaining in Iftaar or Suhoor in a dynamic way. You can also view the monthly timings of Iftaar and Suhoor of all the months in a year by clicking on the yellow icon on the left.
In the monthly timings page, you can also view the timings of previous and next months.
In this section, you can see the prayers times of a current day along with the same option to view the monthly timings of all the five prayers in a year. You can notice there’s a light green line highlighting one of the prayer timings which indicates the current prayer time.
Over here, you can read the translations of Hadith, Qur’anic verses and Quotations from different religious personalities. Every time when you open the app, you will find a different Hadith, Qur’anic verse or Quote which can easily be shared through SMS, integrated Social Networks with your phone and Email.
In addition to these three things, you can also view, share and download different wallpapers for your device exclusively for the Holy Month by tap and hold gesture.
The whole application depends upon this page as it allows you to choose Location, Calculation Methods, Asr Juristic settings and the notifications (reminders).
If you tap on the Location’s name there, you will be taken to the Location Page where you can either choose custom location of your choice or allow the application which will show your location automatically and then you can save it by clicking on done button. This does not only affect your timings based upon the calculation method you choose but also reflects the change on the app’s main screen title bar (no more Madinah Munawarrah if you’re somewhere else).
You can also choose your desired Calculation Methods is followed in your country along with the Asr Jurisdiction of Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘I or Imām Abū Ḥanīfah.
The last option is for Notifications which allows you to toggle on or off. If you switch it on, you will receive a soft Reminder for your Iftaar and Suhoor every day.
Now, let me clarify a few things regarding the calculation of these timings. There’s a proper study of Timings in Islam (aka Ilm-e-Tauqeet) and the timings are generally calculated by using its algorithm available over the Internet. It involves, angels, latitudes, longitudes, time zones and other parameters (which are out of my current post’s scope). Therefore I am still digging into make it better and will throw an update after receiving response from you guys.
The app is good for many parts of the world w.r.t. Timings but there are still some glitches which will be resolved in an upcoming update.
- Daylight Savings – If somewhere, DST is being observed then we would suggest you to calculate your time accordingly because the current version of Ramadan Times does not support Daylight Saving.
- Timing for European Countries – It’s not that I have ignored the timings for London, Glasgow, Sweden or the likes but it requires some more work to do in order to come up with correct timings as these regions have been following different timings even in the same country such as, in England, there are multiple prayer methods have been followed such as Formula 1 (15-17 degrees method) and Formula 2 (18 degrees method). I understand the issues there but I will appreciate if you would just wait for the next update and I hope you will find something fruitful.
- More translations of Qur’anic verses, Hadith and Quotations.
It is my humble request for you guys to provide me with your feedback regarding this app esp. after having your hands on it. I really appreciate criticism by humans and good words.
Until next time