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Prayers Gadget

Islamic Prayer Times for PCs with Microsoft Windows 8 /
Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X /
Linux / Google Chrome OS / Android Phones / Android Tablets /
Apple iPhone / Apple iPad / Apple iPod Touch / Windows Phone

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q1. Where do I get this Gadget from?
A. From the Prayers Gadget Website (http://prayersgadget.com/).

Q2. I have downloaded the Gadget file from the Website, now what?
A (for Windows). To install the (Prayers.gadget) file onto your Windows system, go through the following steps:
1. Make sure you have Windows VISTA, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (since Windows XP does not support gadgets).
2. After downloading the file, double click on Prayers.gadget.
3. In Windows 7, right mouse click on the Desktop and select Gadget, then double click on the Prayers Gadget icon.
4. In Windows VISTA, click on the + button at the top corner of the sidebar, then double click on the Prayers Gadget icon.
5. Some Windows 7 machines do not allow installing Unsigned Gadgets. You can enable this feature yourself by following the steps in this article:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3678-gadgets-allow-prevent-installation-unsigned-gadgets.html

(for Andoird). To install the (PrayersGdgt.apk) file onto your Android system, go through the following steps:
1. Enable manual installation of apps by allowing your phone to install from "Unknown Sources" (i.e. non-Market apps). To do this, navigate to Menu -> Settings -> Applications and check the box marked "Unknown Sources".
2. Connect your Android device to your PC using your USB cable and copy the .apk file to your SD card.
3. Android does not natively come with any method for browsing files on your SD card, so you will need to install a file manager from the market (a popular example would be ASTRO File Manager).
4. Navigate to the .apk file using the file manager and install the App.
5. There are other online techniques available for installing .apk files, such as using Dropbox or the Website www.apkinstall.com. Choose the method that suits you the best.

(for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch). You need a jailbroken iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. If you have a jailbroken device, please follow these instructions to install the (PrayersGdgt.ipa) file.

(for Windows Phone). You need an unlocked Windows Phone and a Windows Phone installer such as TOM XAP Installer or WP7-3MktPlace. Please Google "Install unsigned xap files on Windows Phone 7" for more information.

Q3. Windows 7 does not allow me to install the Gadget because it is unsigned? What can I do?
A (for Windows). Some Windows 7 machines do not allow installing Unsigned Gadgets. You can enable this feature yourself by following the steps in this article:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3678-gadgets-allow-prevent-installation-unsigned-gadgets.html

Q4. The Prayers Gadget takes a few minutes when dropped onto the Windows desktop for the first time before displaying proper information. Why is that?
A (for Windows). When the Prayers Gadget is installed (i.e., dropped onto the desktop), it attempts to connect to the Internet in order to automatically detect your city and country information. Depending on your Internet connection speed, this might take a few minutes. However, afterwards the Prayers Gadget works completely offline and does not attempt another Internet connection (except for occasional checking for new Gadget versions).

Q5. I only see the next prayer time, can't the Gadget show all prayer times for the day?
A (for Windows). It can. When the Gadget is first installed, it runs in the Docked mode. This is an abbreviated mode designed to show minimal information so that it occupies less of your screen real-estate. The Gadget can show much more information (including all prayer times for the day) if you go to the Undocked mode. To go to the Undocked mode in Windows VISTA move the gadget (with your mouse) away from the sidebar (i.e., away from the edge of the screen to the middle until it changes shape). To go to the Undocked mode in Windows 7, click on the expand button which looks like an arrow and is located to the top right hand corner of the Gadget. You can go back to the Docked mode again by reversing these instructions.

Q6. I travel a lot, how can I force the Prayers Gadget to automatically detect my new location?
A (for Windows and Phone). The Prayers Gadget caches your city and country information after retrieving them for the first time so it does not have to connect to the Internet again. If you want to change that information, go to the Options | Location tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone) and press "Detect Location". If you change locations frequently, you might also need to go to your operating system browser (such as Internet Explorer in Windows), and delete all Temporary Internet Files.

Q7. The Prayers Gadget keeps making mistakes in detecting my location. Why? and how can I fix that?
A (for Windows). The Gadget uses your IP address and the help of the www.hostip.info Website to detect your location. For most people, this works perfectly. If it does not work, go through the following steps:
1. Using your favorite browser, visit the www.hostip.info Website. It is supposed to show your IP address and your current location. If the data is correct, go to step 4.
2. Otherwise, if the www.hostip.info Website does NOT know your location, you can easily add your IP address to their open-source database. It takes less than a minute to do so, and you need to do it just once.
3. For some, like those who use a proxy to connect to the Internet, or use an Anonymous network such as Tor, this results in wrong location information. If that is the case, go to step 5.
4. If the www.hostip.info Website correctly identified your location, but you still see a wrong city, your city is probably not included in the Prayers Gadget database. First try to manually select your country and city, and ensure that your country is listed but not your city, in which case you can send me an email requesting that I add your city to the Gadget database.
5. Remember that you can always change your location manually to suite your needs from the Options | Location tab by selecting a country/city pair or entering the latitude/longitude information for your city (see next Question).

(for Phone). The Gadget uses your GPS device to detect your location. For most people, this works perfectly. If it does not work, go through the following steps:
1. Using your phone settings, enable your GPS device.
2. In Prayers Gadget, go to the Settings page and press "Detect Location".
3. If you see correct country information but wrong city information, your city is probably not included in the Prayers Gadget database. First try to manually select your country and city, and ensure that your country is listed but not your city, in which case you can send me an email requesting that I add your city to the Gadget database.
4. Remember that you can always change your location manually to suite your needs from the Settings page by selecting a country/city pair or entering the latitude/longitude information for your city (see next Question).

Q8. My city is not listed (nor detected) by the Gadget database? What do I do?
A (for Windows and Phone). You do not need city and country information for the Gadget to work, since you can use latitude and longitude information for your city in the Options | Location tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone). You can obtain latitude and longitude information from Google Earth, Bing Maps, or various Websites, such as http://islamicfinder.com/, http://www.timegenie.com/, etc. If you want, you can send me an email requesting that I add your city to the Gadget database.

Q9. I am using a non-English language (e.g., Arabic) but the location information remains in English. Why? and how can I fix it?
A (for Desktop/Windows/Phone). The city database in Prayers Gadget is only available in English to reduce the file size of the Gadget, and to limit the translation effort. However, there is a workaround to enter the location string in your preferred languages as follows:
1. First select the country/city pair you want or load successfully the CSV file you want.
2. Enter the location string in any Language manually in the Location field.
3. Save the settings.
You need to do this just once since the new location string is now saved by the Gadget. If you do not want to do that, just go to Options | Azan tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone) and disable showing location information altogether.

Q10. There are few minutes difference between the actual prayer time and the times calculated by this Gadget. How can I fix that?
A (for Windows and Phone). This Gadget uses the prayer time calculator available at PrayTimes.org, which provides pretty accurate results for most locations worldwide. However, if that is not the case for you, you have several options to modify the prayer times to be more accurate. For example, you can change the juristic and calculation methods using the Options | Set tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone), or you can add/subtract minutes to each individual prayer time from the Options | Adjust tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone). Sometimes, it might be more helpful to enter the latitude and longitude values for your exact location manually, which you can do from Options | Location tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone).

Q11. There is clearly 1 hour (or N hours) difference between the prayer times displayed by the Gadget and the correct prayer times. This is true for ALL prayer times. How can I fix it?
A (for Windows and Phone). This Gadget is designed to read the time zone and daylight savings settings from your device system clock. Please make sure you set the time zone and daylight savings in Windows (or Phone) to the ones corresponding to your city. After that, perform a "Detect Location" to get the correct prayer times. Please note that the Gadget also allows manual settings of the time zone and daylight savings from the Options | Set tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone). This is especially useful when the daylight savings comes into effect in your country.

Q12. There is one (or N) day differece between the Hijri calendar in the Prayers Gadget and the actual Hijri calendar. How can I fix that?

A (for Windows). The steps to edit the Hijri calendar are:
1. Go to the Options page.
2. Go to the Adjust tab.
3. In the "Hijri Date Adjustment" field, select "Subtract one Day" or "Add one Day".
4. Click OK.

A (for Phone). The steps to edit the Hijri calendar are:
1. Go to the Settings page.
2. Press the down arrows to scroll to page 3 of the settings.
3. In the "Hijri Date Adjustment" field, select "Subtract one Day" or "Add one Day".
4. Click Save.

Q13. I want to hear Azan (or Iqama) sound of my country. Can the gadget do that?
A (for Windows). Many sites offer .mp3 files for different Azans (by different people and for different countries). One example site is http://audio.islamweb.net/audio/index.php. Another site is http://praytimes.org/audio/. You can download the Azan file of your choice to your computer, and set the Gadget to use it from the Options | Audio tab.

Q14. I obtained a prayer timetable from my nearby Islamic Center. Can the Gadget use those times instead of the automatic calculator?
A (for Windows and Phone). Yes. First, otain a soft copy or a hard copy of the prayer timetable populated by your local Islamic Center. Many Islamic Centers have copies of such tables on their own websites. Usually those files are in .doc, .xls or .pdf format. You need to convert such timetables into a CSV (comma separated value) text file with the proper format (see here), which you can then load into the Gadget:

Steps to load a CSV file from this site into Prayers Gadget (for Windows):
1. Download the proper CSV file for your city from this Website.
2. In the Gadget, go to Options | Location, then select: "Load prayer times from prepared CSV File".
3. Press the "..." button to select the CSV file you have.
4. The Gadget will read it and display the message "File was loaded successfully".

Steps to load a CSV file from this site into Prayers Gadget (for Phone):
1. Make sure that you enabled Wi-Fi or Cellular Data on your phone and that you can access this Website.
2. In the Gadget, go to the Settings page, then select: "Load prayer times from prepared CSV File".
3. In the File Name field, type the CSV file name you want (example: London-UK.csv). Be careful about the spelling since some phone browsers are case-sensitive. The available CSV files are here.
4. Press the "Download" button. The Gadget will read the file and display the message "File was loaded successfully".
5. If you see a "Timeout" message, check your Internet connection and the spelling of the CSV file name you typed.
6. Remeber to press "Save" so the Prayers Gadget accepts the data from the CSV file.

If you have prepared a CSV file, and you would like to share it with others, please send me the file by email and I will post it on this Website, IN SHAA ALLAH.

Q15. Why does the Gadget accept CSV files (.csv) but not Excel (.xls) files?
A (for Windows and Phone). CSV files are text files that are small in size and can be edited by any text editor. However, if you are comfortable with Excel, CSV can be edited by Excel, or any other spreadsheet application like OpenOffice, Numbers, KSpread, etc.

Q16. I setup the Alarm, but it did not sound off. Why?
A (for Windows and Phone). After setting up the Alarm to the desired time, make sure you hit OK. Otherwise the Alarm will not sound off. If you feel the volume is too low, you can increase it in the Options | Audio tab (Windows) or control your phone Volume rocker (Phone), or you can replace the alarm file with a louder one from the same tab.

Q17. What is meant by the Juristic Method?
A (for Windows and Phone). The Juristic method decides how the Asr prayer time is calculated. In the Standard method (which is used by Imam Shafii, Imam Hanbali, and Imam Maliki) the Asr prayer time starts when the shadow of an object is equivalent to its height, whereas in the Hanafi method the Asr prayer time starts when the shadow of an object is twice its height.

Q18. What is meant by the Calculation Method?
A (for Windows and Phone). The Calculation method decides how the Fajr and Isha prayer times are calculated. Different methods are used in different countries. Each method uses a different angle of the sun under the horizon for Fajr, and angle of the sun under the horizon for Isha. A summary of those angles (in degrees) for the different methods along with the regions in which each method is used is shown below:
Egyptian General Authority of Survey:
{ fajr: 19.5, isha: 17.5 },
Region: Africa, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Parts of the USA
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA):
{ fajr: 15, isha: 15 },
Region: Parts of the USA, Canada, and Parts of the UK
Muslim World League:
{ fajr: 18, isha: 17 },
Region: Europe, Far East, and Parts of the USA
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah:
{ fajr: 18.5, isha: '90 min after sunset' },
Region: The Arabian Peninsula
University of Islamic Sciences, Karachi:
{ fajr: 18, isha: 18 },
Region: Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, and Parts of Europe.

Q19. What is meant by the High Latitude Adjustment Method?
A (for Windows and Phone). In locations at higher latitude, twilight may persist throughout the night during some months of the year. The twilight period results because the Earth’s atmosphere reflects and refracts sunlight, allowing some visible sunlight even after the sun has dropped below the horizon. In these abnormal periods, the determination of Fajr and Isha is not possible using calculations due to the interruption or absence of dusk. To overcome this problem, several solutions have been proposed, three of which are implemented:
Middle of the Night: In this method, the period from sunset to sunrise is divided into two halves. The first half is considered to be the "night" and the other half as "day break". Fajr and Isha in this method are assumed to be at mid-night during the abnormal periods.
One-Seventh of the Night: In this method, the period between sunset and sunrise is divided into seven parts. Isha begins after the first one-seventh part, and Fajr is at the beginning of the seventh part.
Angle-Based Method: This is an intermediate solution, used by some recent prayer time calculators. Let alpha be the twilight angle for Isha, and let t = alpha/60. The period between sunset and sunrise is divided into t parts. Isha begins after the first part. For example, if the twilight angle for Isha is 15 degrees, then Isha begins at the end of the first quarter (15/60) of the night. Time for Fajr is calculated similarly. In case Maghrib is not equal to Sunset, the above rules are applied to Maghrib as well to make sure that Maghrib always falls between Sunset and Isha during the abnormal periods.
In auto detection, the Gadget uses the Angle-Based Method, which should provide the best possible results. You can change that manually if you want.
For even more control and better results, the Gadget allows you to set a custom Fajr and Isha twilight angles, if you want.

Q20. The Juristic, Calculation and High Latitude Adjustment methods keep changing on their own?
A (for Windows and Phone). Please notice that if you change your country (or auto detect it), the Gadget will automatically select the proper Juristic and Calculation methods for that country. To change the methods to the desired values, first select your Country from the Options | Location tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone), THEN modify the Juristic and/or Calculation method. The Gadget will use the ones you entered last, unless you change the Country once again.

Q21. Why is Isha and Fajr prayer time wrong for my city?
A (for Windows and Phone). You are probably living in a high latitude location. In such locations, twilight may persist throughout the night during some months of the year. In these abnormal periods, the determination of Fajr and Isha is not possible using calculations due to the interruption or absence of dusk. To overcome this problem, you can set the High Latitude Adjustment Method in the Options | Settings tab (Windows) or Settings page (Phone) to better estimate Isha and Fajr prayer times, you can also change Fajr and Isha twilight angles, or you can load a predetermined prayers timetable into the Gadget.

Q22. What languages does Prayers Gadget support?
A (for Windows and Phone). Currently Prayers Gadget supports the following languages:
  • Indonesian (Indonesian translation is courtesy of Bayu Setyo Purnomo).
  • Russian (Russian translation is courtesy of Ruslan).
  • Tatar (Tatar translation is courtesy of Ruslan).
  • Turkish (Turkish translation is courtesy of Murat Karagöz).
  • Bosnian (Bosnian translation is courtesy of Muhamed Baltic).
  • French (French translation is courtesy of Tamara Alshammari).
  • German (German translation is courtesy of Mohammad Jameel AlSamman).
  • English.
  • Arabic (Android >= 3.0, iOS >= 4.2, Windows Phone >= 8.0).
If you would like to see the Gadget translated into your language, and you can donate your time to such task, please contact me, so I can give you some details and instructions on how to proceed.

Q23. When I press the Show Desktop button in Windows 7, the Gadgte is minimized? Why?
A (for Windows). The Gadget uses the Windows Media Player ActiveX control to play the Azan and reminder. When loading this ActiveX control, Windows starts minimizing the Gadget. This is a known issue in Windows 7, and most work arounds are awkward. I will wait for Microsoft to fix this. If you know of a solution, please let me know.

Q24. The Gadget keeps crashing and/or I discovered a bug in this Gadget. How do I report it?
A. Please remember that it is very difficult to test this Gadget over all possible systems, so your feedback is highly appreciated, and will ultimately improve the quality of the Gadget. Please send me an email explaining the problem. It is always a good practice to list a set of steps that if one goes through will immediately see the problem. A screen shot is always helpful (a picture is worth a thousand words). Fixing the problem for a specific phone model and OS version is beyond my ability, so please do not be upset if your particular phone does not run the App, while other phones can. Finally, please be patient, since I have a very limited free time that prevents me from replying immediately or performing a quick fix.

Q25. I sent an email with a bug report and/or a feature request, but I cannot see it in the new version. Why?
A. Please be patient. I keep all emails that I receive, and try my best to fulfill all requests, IN SHAA ALLAH.

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