App Review: Al-Fatihah Kids
There are certainly so many apps today and what would be more endearing than an app that teaches your kids the very first surah in the Quran, Al-Fatihah? This was the vision of the creators of Al-Fatihah Kids, FowApps Malaysia in which they simply wanted an app to educate Muslim children to recite and learn the meaning of Surah Al Fatihah. Muzlimbuzz got a chance to interview the creators of this app to find out more.
[box_dark]Muzlimbuzz.sg: What was the inspiration behind the app?[/box_dark]
FowApps: It started when I noticed that my nephew aged 3 could not recite Al-Fatihah while my other nephew who is the same age could because the nursery he went to taught it to him. I realised that there must be an app that could be downloaded where kids can learn Al-Fatihah in a fun way… but to my surprise there wasn’t. I felt that someone should create this app then and well the rest, as they say is history.
[box_dark]Muzlimbuzz.sg: How are the responses to the app thus far?[/box_dark]
FowApps: Responses have been great! We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from parents. We’ve had downloads from more than 20 countries including Malaysia, Singapore, USA, UK, Canada, France, Turkey, Japan, UAE, Australia, Indonesia, Germany.
[box_dark]Muzlimbuzz.sg: Did you face any difficulties searching for content for the app?[/box_dark]
FowApps: Actually it wasn’t that hard to get content for the app. However, we are now searching for an easier way to incorporate different languages into the app in the near future.
[box_dark]Muzlimbuzz.sg: Was the development/creative process for the app smooth? Did you face any difficulties?[/box_dark]
FowApps: The creative process and development was hard in the beginning. We didn’t have any experience creating iPhone apps. We did some research online and asked our friends for advice and tips. After 2 months of development, Alhamdulillah the app was complete.
All of the development was done in-house with our own graphic designers and programmers. It was a great experience and we are looking forward to do more apps. Our core company is www.digitaldurian.my
However, sadly, we have yet to release Android versions but we are working on the development process for that now.
The app is certainly a very visually stimulating one with catchy tunes and graphics for the child as they read through the surah, Al-Fatihah. There are 2 modes available; autoplay and manual. The manual version allows the child to slowly explore the surah, verse by verse. This can also serve as bonding time between the parent and child where the child is guided by the parent.
Personally, I also find the autoplay version a very nice way to just play in the background while the child is occupied with other games, creating a Quranic environment at home while they play.
So be sure to check out Al-Fatihah Kids in the Apple app store today.
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