There was a time when technology was a distraction and disruption, something that we turned off during Ramadan. But now, as its become a more integrated and integral part of our lives, it's becoming apparent that it can be leveraged to enhance your spirituality rather than distract it.
This is a rough-and-ready list of the ways you can tech out your Ramadan. There's a bunch of resources and things I've skipped and missed - but this is a place to start before you start exploring the techoverse on your own.
Knowing when to pray and eat is Fasting 101, and these free apps are useful when the calendar on your fridge isn't nearby. The following all gine an alarm for prayer times during the day, and provide assistance with finding Qiblah / the direction to pray towards.
Note: In my experience, apps don't get the times (in Cape Town anyway) exactly right, so it's good to compare to your local calendar and work out how many minutes you should adjust for.
Get it from the Apple AppStore.
Also includes how to find the Qibla (with BlackBerry maps integration) and comes with BBM integration.
Search for it on AppWorld, or download it here.
Comes with a great screen widget to keep times on your homescreen.
Get it from the Google Play AppStore here.
The logistics for carrying a Quran around can be challenging, but if you have a Kindle, iPad or similar this is a great version of the standard South African 13-line Quran, complete with page numbering. Great for travelling light, and switching between your digital and paper Qurans.
The scanned text is crisp and clear, but not editable (so you won't be able to make notes, copy & paste, etc.)
Note: There are other eBook Quran versions available, some with much smaller file size (2MB or so). You can look here for links and previews.
If you're looking for more interactive content with your Quran, QuranWorks HD offers translations, commentaries, notes, audio recitations, dictionaries, and more.
Looks great, and it's free. Get it from the Apple AppStore here.
Note: If you're looking for something more iPhone / iPod friendly, check out the free iQuran Lite.
Ramadan is a time of sights and colour and inspiration, so use your phone and camera to capture it as part of the Ramadan Photo a Day project on Facebook. Everyday comes with a different theme like such:
Note: There's an alternative project called Breakfast at Night which looks interesting.
Google is live streaming salaah from Makkah on a dedicated YouTube channel. It's especially awesome because the recitation is translated and subtitled live. Google also has a dedicated Ramadan channel and is having Hangouts with religious leaders during the month; see this post for more details
If you're looking to replace the radio or music on your daily commute with something a little substantial there's tons out there, but if you don't know where to start, have a look at Mufti Menk's free lectures which covers Fiqh, theology, inspiration and story narrative. Also have a look at Suhaib Webb's audio which covers a broad range of topics.
This blog coveres the annual roadtrip that Americans Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq take across the USA as they visit a different mosque in a different state to break their fast for every night in Ramadan.
You can pitch by showing the diversity of Muslims around the world and sharing on twitter and Instagram. Check 30daysramadan.com for more.
Simply put, pictures and stories about mosques from Muslimahs perspective. Check it out at pinkmosques.com/
The Ramadan tag is always fascinating to watch on Tumblr, and usually involved quite a lot of food.