Reminding Nepali Muslims of their Prayer Times


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I was a product designer at Sultana, a prayer app targeted towards Nepali Muslim People. The client wanted to create an all in one app where users can read Quran, Hadith, track their prayer times and spread love across community.

I led the project from the starting phase by conducting UX Research, establishing information hierarchy, creating designs and testing design choices with target personas.


Prayer Reminder

Sultana is a prayer app targeted towards Nepali muslim people which reminds users of their prayer times, shows prayer directionbased on their location and has a community where people can discuss different topics. Sultana aims to be all in one app for muslim people by including: Hadith and Duas which isn’t available in other similar apps.

Product Vision

Business Goals

The client wanted to contribute to Nepali Muslim Community by creating a mobile app with following set of features:

Understanding Muslim Culture

User Interviews

Following a different religion, it was hard for me to understand Muslim culture. So, I had one of my Muslim friends help me understand all the cultural keywords.

I collaborated with the client to recruit a few interview candidates from the Nepali Muslim community. Then, I conducted 1-1 interview with 5 participants remotely (due to COVID-19).

Interview Questions
Interview Outcomes

The interview sessions helped me identify similar apps used by the users and uncover some issues faced by users while using those applications.

Looking at the Industry

Competitor Analysis

Based on interview outcomes and my research, I reviewed similar apps to better understand their features and functionalities.

Heuristic Evaluation

Reflecting upon Interviews


After reviewing similar applications, I had better idea about the issues that interview candidates mentioned. So, I mapped those issues into personas.

User Personas
Journey Maps

During the interview session, the candidates shared some of their experiences on how they’ve faced problems with similar apps.

I translated those experiences into journey maps to reveal possible opportunties.

Heuristic Evaluation Heuristic Evaluation

Setting up Information Hierarchy


Sketching Ideas

Lo-Fi Designs

Looking back at user personas, similar applications and information hierarchy, I started rough sketches to quickly move back and forth betweeen ideas.

Sketches Sketches

Getting the Flow Right


I validated the sketches with the client and after 3 iterations, we were aligned with product vision.

Then, I started creating wireframes and connecting them based on the information structure.

Onboarding Flow
fig. Onboarding Flow
Primary Nav
fig. Primary Nav
Quran Flow
fig. Quran Flow

Refining Onboarding Experience

Visual Designs
Visual Design

Streamlining the Homepage

Visual Designs
Visual Design
fig. Home page

Tracking Prayer Times

Visual Designs

To make it easy to track prayer times, I've included location selection as well as Hijri calendar right inside prayer tab.

Also, I've placed prayer card at the bottom for easy reachability.

Visual Design
fig. Prayer Time

Showing Prayer Directions

Visual Designs
Visual Design
fig. Qibla

Adding Quran

Visual Designs

Since this app is targeted towards Nepali Muslims, I’ve added Nepali language option in Quran.

Also, I’ve given subtle visual touches to evoke cultural familiarity.

Visual Design
fig. Quran

Creating a Community

Visual Designs
Visual Design
fig. Community

Validating Design Decisions

Usability Testing

To validate some of my visual design decisions, I created multiple variations of some screens and conducted remote moderated sessions with 5 participants.

I started asking open ended questions and asked them to explain their preference

Onboarding Design
Visual Design

- 80% of users preferred screen 2 whereas 20% preferred screen 3.

Although 80% preferred screen 2, they didn’t like the western style clothing on illustration which was against their culture

Quran Screen
Visual Design

- 60% of users preferred screen 3 whereas 20% preferred screen 1 and 2 respectively.

They were more likely to continue reading quran than switching tabs for Surah and Juz.

Prayer Notification
Visual Design

- 80% of users preferred screen 3 because of their familiarity with illustration whereas 20% preferred screen 1 and 2 respectively.

Polishing Visual Designs


Based on usability testing, I revised existing screens and after 2 iterations, we were aligned with the product vision.

Creating Developer Handoffs

Design System

Once the designs were finalized, I put together all the component library, text, color styles and iconography to make it easy for the developers.

Also, while working on visual designs I made sure that the colors were ADA complaint to cater wide range of users.

Visual Design

Key Takeaways


It was quite challenging for me to design app for different culture. With frequent communication with client and one of my muslim friend, I successfully pulled of this project.

Here are some of the key things I learned from this project:

  • Some knowledge of RTL Language
  • Communication is the key
  • Cultural aspects influence design decisions
  • Testing must be carried out as soon as wireframes are ready to get initial user insights