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With the number of people using mobile phones growing globally every day, we thought it was time to update our list of Baha’i-inspired apps currently available for download and use. This list isn’t comprehensive; there are many other apps available, and many that offer similar functions to those we’ve listed below but in different languages or tailored to different countries. Nevertheless, we hope this list of 19 Baha’i-inspired apps gives you a good idea of what’s out there for iPhone and Android users and that it proves helpful to you. We’d love to hear what apps you find useful for you personally, or in your community building endeavours!
1. Baha’i Library – One Ocean 4.0
This iPhone app features 30 texts ranging from the Writings of the Bab, to recent letters from the Universal House of Justice and it allows you save quotations in categories of your making.
2. Prayer Book
Having a prayer book on your device can be very handy and this app features prayers in Czech, Dutch, English, Fijian, French, German, Icelandic, Persian, Slovak and Spanish!
3. Baha’i Prayers
Similar to the app described above, this iPhone app also boasts a customizable push notification reminder for saying “Allah’u’Abha” 95 times and for reciting your Obligatory Prayer, an RSS feed of stories released by the Baha’i World News Service, a compass so you can find the Qiblih, a Baha’i calendar and local sunrise and sunset times.
4. Baha’i Feasts and Holy Days
This great little app tells you when the next Feast or Holy Day will occur.
5. The Baha’i World News Service
If you’d like to keep up-to-date with news stories released by the Baha’i World News Service, the official news source of the International Baha’i Community, then this is the app for you! Some of their recent reports of the endeavours of Baha’is around the world have included videos, audio recordings and stunning photographs.
6. Baha’i Today
This app is designed to help further incorporate the Baha’i (or Badi) calendar into our daily lives. Each day it’ll show you where we are in the Baha’i calendar, provides the time of sunset so you know when the new day begins, informs you of which holy days work should be suspended, and gives a daily quotation for study and mediation.
7. 9 Quotes
9 Quotes is designed to help you explore the Baha’i Writings. Its creators say: “if you ever take a book and open it just to read any passage your eye falls on – this app is for you.”
8. Virtues (Baha’i Text)
To assist you with your spiritual development, this app offers a list of common and essential virtues which have personal and societal implications. Each virtue is accompanied with a set of relevant quotes from the Baha’i Writings.
9. Baha’i Daily Quotes
Baha’i Daily Quotes gives you access to hundreds of short powerful quotes from Baha’u’llah and the Bab to assist in fulfilling our obligation to “Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide…” This app is great when you’re travelling, and unlike many similar apps out there, you don’t need an internet connection to use it.
10. 95 Taps
As part of Baha’i obligatory prayer, it’s necessary to repeat the Greatest Name (Allah-u-Abha) 95 times. Of course remembering where you are up to in your sequence of 95 can be tricky. People often use prayer beads to help keep track, but for the tech Baha’i, you can now use the 95 taps app to get the number right.
11. Baha’i Song Project
Remember Dayyan and Nadine from Baha’i Song Project from this interview? Well, here’s their iPhone app! Like the website, the app provides videos of the Writings put to music, the chords and the text sung.
12. Baha’i Daily
This app provides a Baha’i historical “on this day” fact – in other words, whatever day of the year you open this app, it will tell you what occurred in Baha’i history on that same day, only years or decades prior. It also provides a quotation from the Writings for study and reflection.
13. Baha’i Songbook
Another Baha’i musical iPhone app! This one features 130 Baha’i-inspired songs to enrich community life. The app includes the song lyrics, scores, guitar fingering, and chords.
14. Ridvan Messages
With this app you can explore Ridvan messages, recent guidance, and statements from the Baha’i International Community in many languages.
15. Baha’i Core Activity StatHelper
You can record (and then export!) statistics for core activities, such as the number of participants and when activities were held, with this handy app.
Whether you need to remember a quote for your Ruhi study circle, or you’re just broadening your repertoire of Baha’i quotations, the iMemorize app will prove very handy. The app provides a word omission tool to help you practice memorizing quotes. And not only does it come with a library of quotes including Baha’i ones, it has a function to let you add your own.
Every day Baha’is turn to the Qiblih to say our Obligatory Prayers. Fixed at the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, near Akka, in present day Israel, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out exactly where to turn to face this spot. That’s where this simple iPhone app comes in handy. Using the compass function in your phone, it’ll point you in the right direction.
18. Baha’i International Community United Nations Office
Access all the Baha’i International Community United Nations Office news, videos and statements in one place. This app includes office locations, contact information, maps, representative bios, and a listing of the Office’s 150+ national affiliates.
19. The Baha’i Fast
This nifty little app helps you with sunrise and sunset times for the Fast based on your exact location. You can choose from over 350 cities, or let your device geo-locate you. It also includes detailed information on the Fast (in English only) as well as prayers in several languages.
We’d love to hear what Baha’i-inspired apps you find useful for you personally, or in your community building endeavours in the comments section below!
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