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Survival Guide: These 11 M'sian Startups Will Help You Completely Win This Ramadhan

The holy month of Ramadhan is upon us once again and this blessed period sees Muslims everywhere devoting each day towards the act of giving, self-reflection as well as purifying the body and mind. With the rapid growth of modern technology, there have been countless apps and services dedicated to help all Muslims who practice these beliefs.

Here is a list of some of our local startups that might be able to help you through this year’s Ramadhan, whether it be by enriching your days with inspirational prayers to finding the right recipes to make your ‘break fast’ meal even more delicious.

Vulcan Post wishes a Happy Ramadhan to all Muslims!

ServisHero

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It’s difficult to deny that one of the most challenging parts about fasting is waking up before the crack of dawn for Sahur (a meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting). In fact, there are some who even miss it entirely just for those extra few minutes of sleep. ServisHero is offering to take up the role akin to a nagging mother and provide daily calls at 5AM for those who struggle to be awakened with just their alarm clocks and need that extra push.

Available On: Google Play and App Store

Quran Companion

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Image Credit: Amanz.my

Did you know that the Ramadhan month is actually known as the blessed month because it is when the Quran was first revealed? This is why Muslims believe that this holy month is the prime time to read through all the verses in the Quran in order to reap great rewards granted in the afterlife. To help with this, Quran Academy has prepared Quran Companion, an app specially designed for those who desire a more accessible way to build a Quran memorization habit in their daily life and achieve their goals of reciting the Quran faster and easier.

Available On: Google Play

PeaceBeUponYou

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Image Credit: PeaceBeUponYou

Looking for your daily dose of Islamic knowledge? Developed by MadCat World, PeaceBeUponYou focuses on sharing inspirational and educational content for Muslims, by Muslims. The app features daily reminders, du’as, zikir and Islamic songs. It also allows users to have discussions on Islamic lifestyle as well as keep track of prayer times wherever they are. This is an all-rounded app perfect for this time of the year.

Available On: Google Play

Malaysia Qibla & Find Mosque

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Image Credit: Google Play

Fasting is considered an empty practice if not completed with the act of praying. Especially for those who travel constantly, finding a mosque to perform said prayers could prove a task if passing through unfamiliar lands. Malaysia Qibla and Find Mosque is a handy app to have as not only does it show all mosques within your vicinity, it also has a compass feature which shows the right way of the Qibla (the direction of the Kaaba to which Muslims turn at prayer), making it easier to perform prayers anywhere and everywhere.

Available On: Google Play

Hijabforgood

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Image Credit: Hijab For Good FaceBook

To all Muslimah’s out there, now is the perfect time to stock up on hijabs or other Muslimah fashion items so why not add on a good deed with your purchase? Hijab For Good is a Muslimah fashion boutique that has a wide range of brands and designs for you to choose from. The real catch is that 100% of the profits go into funding social projects aimed to help out adult orphans and the under privileged by skill empowerment. So you can look beautiful on the outside and feel beautiful on the inside as well.

Zakat Malaysia

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Generosity is a trait that the Ramadhan season highlights and one way to implement it is by paying Zakat (a payment made annually for the unfortunate people under the Islamic law). Zakat Malaysia is a good app to have with all sorts of useful information about Zakat in Malaysia, such as an extensive list of places to pay Zakat, the procedure behind it and a Zakat calculator to help calculate it.

Available On: Google Play

FlipIt

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Image Credit: FlipIt

Deals, deals, deals. As any other festive season, Ramadhan brings a wave of promotional discounts from a variety of outlets whether it be online or offline. To not overwhelm yourself with the crazy prices, FlipIt displays numerous special deals catered for Ramadhan so if you’re looking to buy a fresh set of traditional outfits for Raya or book that bus ticket back to your hometown, now would be a good time to do so.

Islamic Tunes

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Image Caption: IslamicTunes

Despite the name, IslamicTunes isn’t just a site for Muslim-centered music. It is actually a social entertainment hub where fans of music, e-books, literature, live shows, etc. can meet up and get connected with other content creators to uphold and elevate the Islamic art. Perfect for those looking to switch up the usual entertainment that’s blasted all around for this holy month.

Foodbits

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Image Credit: Foodbits

Now here’s an app that’s perfect to help you prepare your ‘break fast’ meal. With multiple recipes that are full of healthy options, providing certain key Halal ingredients and sharing general tips about cooking, Foodbits is a great platform for those days when you feel the want to skip out on Bazaar food and cook for yourself (and the family).

Available On: Google Play

Kevin Zahri – Cikgu Fitness Malaysia

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Image Credit: Kevin Zahri Website

You may know Kevin Zahri as a local celebrity but he is also mainly recognized as a certified fitness trainer with his own weight loss program called ‘Jom Kurus’. In this Ramadhan month, he consistently shares articles on how to exercise properly during the fasting period while also publishing a few e-books talking about how to effectively lose weight during Ramadhan. So for those seeking a good and balanced diet for this holy month, you can take a look at his website or take a peek at his e-books here.

Panduan Ramadhan

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If you’re unsure on certain practices or rules during Ramadhan, Panduan Ramadhan has a full list of numerous topics under the huge umbrella of fasting and the blessed month in general. For those who seek a much more in-depth explanation, this app also has an interface that can link you to relevant Hadiths (a traditional account of things said or done by Prophet Muhammad or his companions) or Quran verses which will hopefully provide you with all the information you may need.

Available on: Google Play

Do you have other apps and startups to suggest for Muslims to make this Ramadhan a fulfilling one? Go ahead and tell us about it in the comments, and happy fasting!

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