By: Maham Haq –
Al-Hisn, created by Batoul Apps, is a free application on the App store for Islamic Duas, or supplications. Batoul Apps, an Islamic Mac software company started by Ameir Al-Zoubi and Matthew Crenshaw, two North Carolina State University computer science students, is devoted to making quality Islamic software for Mac OS X.
Al-Hisn features a multitude of duas, that can be made at any time and place with ease. Often times, individuals may look for a particular prayer for a particular situation. A couple going on vacation may look for a prayer for safe travel, or a perhaps a different dua when they welcome a new child into their family. The app separates duas into categories like “Morning and Evening”, “Home and Family”, “Food and Drink”, and “Travel”. to make it easier for users to find a fitting prayer. The app features content in Arabic, along with English translation and transliteration. It has audio, bookmarking, search and social sharing capabilities. It’s simplistic design allows for easy navigation. With a simple tap on a dua, users can hear a recording of the dua and share their favorites with their friends via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
Out of over 80 ratings on all versions of the app, it has received an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. One customer review read, “I find myself referring to this app more and more every day. These are all the duas my mom always reminds me of…And now it’s in my constant companion, the iPhone. May Allah heap rewards on Ameir [one of the apps founders] for his effort in pulling all these duas together in a great reference.”
While the app makes it easy to find certain duas, it would be extremely helpful if there was a way to set reminders for each dua for certain times. For example, I would like to set a reminder to say my dua for when I wake up, therefore, I would set a reminder for this specific dua for the time I set my alarm in the mornings.
Additional languages could also help increase the audience for this app. Although much of the Muslim community reads Arabic, most people prefer reading their duas in their native tongues. Major Muslim languages such as Urdu may gain a load of support from users.
Overall, the app does a spectacular job at keeping it straightforward and easy to use. The audio for the duas is immensely helpful and can be clearly understood.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.