(RNS) — During Ramadan, the month in which the Quran was revealed, Muslims around the world devote extra time to reading the holy book. Many attempt to complete a full recitation of the Arabic scripture, which contains nearly 77,500 words, and memorize as much of it as they can.
Now, with apps like Tarteel and Taaloom, tens of thousands of Muslims are turning to technology to continue the sacred practices of hifz, or preserving the entirety of the Quran through memorization, and tarteel, or melodic recitation, that have continued on since the Prophet Muhammad.
This year, one week into the holy month, Moroccan developer Othmane Ouali launched Taaloom, a web app that quizzes users on the chapter or part they are memorizing. He and his