With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, people usually look for charts for the timings of Sehri (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (evening meal to break the daily fast). To make things easier, Haider Ali Punjabi, a 23-year-old software engineer from Srinagar, has come up with a Ramadan app that works in both online and offline mode.
The app includes supplications related to Iftar and Sehri and contains a chart of prayers (Meeqat-us-Salah) from several schools of thought.
Haider Ali from Nishat region of Srinagar told Rising Kashmir that the “Iftarkar” app is also available on Google Play Store and has multi-language facility to meet the needs of a large number of people. users.
He said the plan came to mind during the height of the Covid pandemic, when it was difficult for people to reach markets to collect Iftar cards.
“I developed this app in 2020, when the pandemic was widespread and precautionary measures were strictly imposed. There were few means available as most newspapers, magazines and other print media outlets had limited subscribers. I thought about it for a while and created Iftarkar.com,” Haider Ali said in a chat with Rising Kashmir.
He claimed that the app was designed to work in both online and offline mode.
“The app is the best to use because it also works when there is no internet,” he added.
“It is built using the latest web development technologies and will work smoothly on slow internet and supports offline use as well,” he said.
“Although the app launched years ago, it’s back on track with new changes aimed at facilitating all schools of thought,” he said.
He added that the app had good ratings on Google Play Store and was available in Kashmiri, Urdu and English.
“There was a lack of Ramadhan specific app and lack of countdown timers which are common in Muslim countries, I felt the need to fill the void and that is how Iftarkar.com is formed,” he said.
To a question, he said that before a month, a volume of people browsed his app, which prompted him to offer more updates.
“The website and app are also filled with daily reminders and prayers, which made it more popular among users. “Because of its unique interface and following, I created an Instagram account that will not only post Islamic reminders, but also provide constructive guidance,” he added.
Haider Ali is also the owner of his start-up “Hackesta”.
“Hackesta is working on many other initiatives and is an emerging name in the Kashmir software programming community,” he said.
The 23-year-old, who is taking an integrated course in MCA at Cluster University Srinagar, seems optimistic about his future plans.
“The app is just the start. Whenever and wherever I find my need to develop other apps, I will surely do my best,” Haider Ali added.