Miraj Stories is an amazing Islamic app for kids + a Giveaway!
We live in a world that is far more technology driven than the one we grew up in. Cellphones, computers and tablets are just so much a part of our children’s lives and they’re so adept at operating them. Even Daariya knows how to operate Netflix on my phone. She’s not even TWO YET!!! Wow.
If you look in the app stores, there are so many apps for kids but to be quite honest, not all of them are the best. So the apps that I’ve downloaded for the kids have to be both fun and educational. If they’re going to be in front of a screen, best believe they’re going to be learning something.
One of my absolute favourites is the Miraj Stories app. Miraj Stories is an Islamic app that has so much great content for kids: audiobooks, video stories, interactive educational games and digital books. And while it’s recommended for kids 4 and older, 2-year-old Daariya loves the video stories just as much.
What’s great about this app is that as long as you’ve downloaded the content you want, you don’t need an internet connection. So it’s a great one to take on the road. You can also clear the downloads if you find you need space on your phone under Manage Downloads in the Settings menu.
Digital books and Audio books
There are a wide range of audio books and we mostly use these at bedtime. My kids get easily distracted so when we lie down and turn off the lights it’s easier for them to concentrate on listening. It’s a nice way to end off the day and I like that they go to bed with a good story in their minds.
Even I love unwinding to these stories. They set the scenes so wonderfully, for instance, if the scene is set in a marketplace you’ll hear the background noises of people trading. It’s not just someone reading a story and Rushdi really enjoys the different voices the reader puts on.
We also discuss what happens in each story the next day (they tend to fall asleep while listening to them) and I answer any questions Rushdi might have.
There are stories about the Prophets lives, stories about kids navigating their lives, how to live a good life and one of my favourites were the poems about the 99 Names of Allah.
Rushdi will also sit with the digital books from time to time. These are picture books that are read out loud and all he has to do is swipe to the next page.
The video stories, as mentioned is Daariya’s favourite. She especially likes The Selfish Monkey where Goat takes selfish Monkey, who refuses to share his fruit with the other starving animals, to go visit the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). When they get to Medina they witness how he shares his food with those around him, Monkey changes his ways and takes some dates back for the rest of the animals.
Another favourite is The Spider’s Secret Mission. This tells the story of the spider who wove a web over the entrance to a cave that the Prophet was hiding in from some bad men.
All audio and video stories come with the option to turn the music off in the settings.
This is Rushdi’s favourite category and the one that he learns from a lot. He’s learned his Arabic alphabet, showed Kamal the Kangaroo how to make wudhu and salaah and helped the Prophet’s camel, Al Qaswa, to get ready for a trip.
How much does it cost?
The app is available to download for free and there is limited free content but it is a subscription based app. It’s R55 a month and I know a lot of people are not keen on subscription based apps but I am absolutely willing to pay for the content in this app. I reckon that if I’m willing to pay R60 a month for Spotify then R55 a month for my kids religious education shouldn’t even be a thing.
The stories are beautiful and engaging and my kids are happy to watch the same things over and over again. But every day they discover and learn something new. There are regular updates to the app and they’ve just released a mini-game about Arabic numbers.
I love that it’s giving them a great introduction to our religion, but it also makes my job a bit easier of teaching them about it.
Now, if you’re an iOS user, I have some good news for you. I have a one month subscription to give away if you want to try out the full Miraj Stories experience. And trust me you do!
A big sorry to my Android users, unfortunately Google Play doesn’t support codes.
All you have to do to enter is:
- Share this blog post on Twitter or Facebook. If you’re sharing on Twitter tag @zayaan27 and if you’re sharing on Facebook tag Surviving the Madness.
- Leave a comment telling me where you shared it AND tell me what your favourite part of the Miraj Stories app is.
- Competition closes on 21 Septeber 2018 at 11:59pm.
- Competition is open to iOS users only. Unfortunately Google Play doesn’t support voucher codes.
- Prizes to be awarded to the first entry drawn at random who has completed all the criteria.
- The winners list is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The winner’s names will be published on the Surviving the Madness Facebook Page on 22 September 2018.
- Winners will be contacted by the 22 September 2018 via email.
- Prizes are not transferable, and can’t be paid out in cash.
- All the steps must be followed for your entry to be valid as I can see whether or not they’ve been done.
- If you have won a competition on this site in the last 3 months, you are not eligible to win.