News

As with all digital projects, things can be unpredictable but this is more or less what we looking at going forward and intend updating this post insha’Allah, so be sure to follow it to stay updated.

Projects

Quick overview of our projects, actual project implementations are numbered accordingly.

CodeDescriptionNotes
ORGThis may anything related to our organsiation as a whole
1. MCMuslim CentralWebsite
Podcast Integrations
Android App

Malay & Filipino
2. QCQuran CentralWebsite
Podcast Integrations
Android App
3. SOGSeeds of GuidanceWebsite
PWARefers to all Progressive Web Apps below:
4. 99Names99 Names of AllahProgressive Web App
5. EQEnglish QuranProgressive Web App
6. ACAlif CentralProgressive Web App
7. PCPilgrim CentralProgressive Web App
8. MQMemorize QuranProgressive Web App
SMSocial Media & MessagingFacebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Whatsapp
Telegram
YTYouTubeChannel
KIDS1x BookeBook & Audio Book
GENThird Party Tools and PlatformsSEM Google Ads – (sponsored)
SEO – (sponsored)
Knowledge Base
Email Support Ticketing System

Donations:
PayFast
PayPal
Patreon

Roadmap

These are high level plans, some may be in research and others a WIP but it gives you an idea what we are working on.

  • MC
    • Lecture Transcripts (for the deaf and many other benefits)
    • Content Boost:
      • Islam Wiki – general Islamic Knowledge
      • Dua Portal with Podcast
      • Athaan Portal with Podcast
      • Scholars Database (DB ready)
      • Dua Database (DB ready)
    • Explainer (2min +-) Video of our Organisation and Projects
    • Android App new Version 3.0 to be Released
    • App Version 3.1 – Add Series, Topics and Search All features to MC App
    • Muslim Central Pro (consideration)
  • QC
    • New Website Theme
    • New Content including Translations
    • New Quran Central Android App v2.0
  • SOG
    • Promotional Video
    • Course – Purification of the Heart
    • Native App (Consider)
  • KIDS
    • Animated Video of our Kids eBook
    • Audio Book
  • GEN
    • SEO Human Resource Sponsorship (starting December 2020)
    • SEM Human Resource Sponsorship (starting December 2020)
    • Promotional Videos for other Web Apps

Maintenance

This is merely a few points regarding what our micro team has to manage:

  • Content Management on all platforms
  • User Support Tickets
  • Knowledge Base Maintenance
  • Platform Reviews/Comments
  • Software Development and Testing
  • Content Production
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Management
  • PR & Promotion
  • Digital Marketing

Updates

The purpose of this list is to maintain transparency of our work.

ProjectDescriptionDate / Period
MCMalay Pilot Project StartedQ3 2020
Reached over 25 000 Audio LecturesQ3 2020
Filipino Pilot Project StartedQ3 2020
Automated Solution to ensure daily content is extracted from third-party sources on behalf of speakersQ3 2020
Average Downloads per month now nearing 3 MillionQ2/Q3 2020
New Speakers x14 (Last updated: 25th October 2020)2020
Massive Improvement to our Audio Download SpeedsQ2/Q3
Version 2.0
We had many complaints and technical issues with our previous solution, including users with physical challenges such as blindness.

We changed the site to a more standardized implementation focusing on:
Accessibility
Performance &
Compatibility

It needed to work for everyone and not only those with high end devices,
it needed to load fast as possible and be compatible with as many users.
The background player is the most notable feature lost,
however you can use the ‘Play in Window’ feature to have something closer to it.

Features:
Improve Speed of the Site
Improve the Search
Improve the Website Player

NEW: Filter Searching on Topics page
NEW: Filter Searching on Series page
FIX: Share Button Fix
FIX: Color issues
FIX: Social Media Sharing Images (OG)
Audio Downloads March – 1.8M [Muslim Central]
Audio Downloads March – 1.4M [Quran Central]

Assisted Shaykha Zohra Sarwari with her new website
Implemented the SA Muslim Covid Website on behalf of AWQAF South Africa
Q1SEO and SEM to increase the awareness of our work
Alhumdullilah we have seen increased traffic across all our websites and web apps.
Q1
QCQC – Complete Quran Audio by Mufti Menk2020
QC – Completed Audio Translation with English Only2020
QC – Complete Quran Audio by Qari Ziyaad Patel2020
Improved the Reciters Page
Improved Surahs Page
Improved the Player Pages
Oct 2020
SOGSoft Launch Q2 2020
Course Released – 33 Lessons for every Muslim Course
Course Released – Women around the Prophet SAW (Course 1)
Course Released – Productivity Course
Course Released – The Gift of Ramadan
At the time of writing this project is still in Beta Testing with over 2700 students
Q2 2020
Released Character and Manners CourseQ3 2020
Reached over 10 000 StudentsQ3 2020
PWAStabilized Progressive Web Apps [Latest versions of React]Q3 2020
Updated all Web Apps to streamline user support interaction
Remove Contact Form
Link the contact form to this help center
add “Subscribe” to newsletter
set version numbering to be automated
June 2020
ACSaw a spike in traffic increasing our bandwidth costsQ2 2020
PCMinor Code ChangesOct 2020
99NamesMinor Code ChangesOct 2020
MQUpgrade base codeOct 2020
v1.3.6
Lowered speed increment/decrement from 0.5 to 0.25
fixed bug that caused audio to stop playing when speed out of range
the increase and decrease speed button only renders now when possible
added some spacing between buttons so its easier to click
changed the speed icons to be buttons
added extra button colors instead of just red
June 2020
v1.3.5 Remove FAQ
Remove Contact Form
Link the contact form to this help center
add “Subscribe” to newsletter
set version numbering to be automated
June 2020
v1.3.4
The issue of the playback speed not becoming faster/slower has now been fixed.
Some optimizations were added as well
May 2020
EQVersion: 2.0.8
Updated Codebase
Re-brand and include other languages
Fix Arabic Font issues
Fix Performance Issues
v2.0.5
scroll to top fixed
Performance Issues Fixed
May 2020
v2.0.4 Remove FAQ
Remove Contact Form
Link the contact form to this help center
add “Subscribe” to newsletter
June 2020
v2.0.3
Fixed an issue that caused a surah’s/juz’s  last verse’s translation to be hidden (2.0.2)
Added an automated way to display the version number in the app (2.0.3)
YT175K SubscribersQ1 2020
250KQ3 2020
One of latest videos had over 375K viewsQ3 2020
Modified our Videos to have subtitles for the hearing impairedQ3 2020
SMFacebook Page also doing really well, one of our videos had 2.3M viewsQ3 2020
GEN2x Successful Donation Campaigns in Ramadan and October 2020Q3 2020
Patreon – Reached over 250 PatronsQ4 2020
Agreement reached with Digital Agency to handle SEO/SEMQ4 2020
Support Ticketing System SetupQ2 2020
Knowledge Base for FAQ and End-User support SetupQ2 2020
Ramadan Video Campaigns

SERIES: Ibrahim Menk ran a daily Ramadan – Nightly Reminders

SERIES: Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem – 30 Verses 30 Days

Video on Muslim Central Facebook, we then reworked the Videos and published on IGTV and YouTube
Ad-hoc Quran Recitation Videos

Donation Campaign – Mufti Menk (co-director) created a promotional video and
we shared it across social media platforms, just before the start of Ramadan

Advertising Campaign
We had an advertising deal to help with sustainability of our organization.
We allowed 5 banners to be placed on Muslim Central and Qur’an Central websites.
We may do more this on an invitational basis in the future on an ad-hoc basis.
Ramadan 2020
KIDSFREE Kids eBook GiveawayQ2 2020

Pre 2020

Prior to 2020, we do not have detailed notes, but as we recall we can update this post accordingly.

2019

  • 1st December relaunched the website with a simpler interface, resulting in approximately 100% page speed increase
  • Relaunched Pilgrim Central 2.0 with Audio Lectures and making it work entirely offline barring the audio to keep the size down
  • Launched English Quran
  • Launched Memorize Quran

2018

2017

2015

  • Officially Registered Muslim Central as a NPO in South Africa

2013

  • Started Muslim Central