Quran, the Divine Gift for the Mankind
We, the common people, are used to get the steering through user-guides, manuals and other helping material provided to us with different machines, electrical appliances etc. Same is the case with the travelers, who get small brochures and things-to-do type supportive materials before they set off for the journey to make their trip safest and more fruitful and turn it into an unforgettable experience. This small example can be used to describe the relation between Allah SWT, mankind and the Holy Quran. Allah sent the human beings on this earth for a small trip, merely a second of the life after death, and bestowed him with the Quran. A precious things-to-do and not-to-do guide for their journey on earth and the divine manifesto which will decide the ultimate destiny of every single human being in the light of his deeds. Those who will follow the right path defined in the Holy Book will enjoy never-ending pleasures in Jannah and the heresy will see with their eyes what they had rejected on earth, His justice.
The Holy Quran itself puts light on the importance of reciting, understanding and following the path defined in this divine message from Allah to His Apostle Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Following are the few randomly selected verses which prove that this is the real guide for the all mankind:
In Chapter 17, Verse 9 & 10 Allah mentions: "Indeed, this Quran leads on to an appropriate and secure path. It gives the good news to those who perform righteous deeds, that theirs is a great reward! And We have prepared a painful punishment for those who do not believe in the afterlife". In Chapter 41 Verse 41 & 42 He says, "These people have refused to accept the advice, (the Qur’an), when it came to them, (though) it is definitely a mighty book! Falsehood can neither confront it head on, nor approach it (stealthily) from behind. (It is) a revelation from the Wise, the One Worthy of praise". In Chapter 54 Verse 17, Allah S.W.T points out the easiness of learning and understanding this Holy Book in these words, "And we have made the Quran easy for admonition. Is there then any seeker of admonition?" Hadith (sayings of the last Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H) also put stress on the importance of reciting and understanding the Holy Book through exegesis (Tafseer). "The example of him (a believer) who recites the Quran is like that of a citron which tastes good and smells good. And he (a believer) who does not recite the Quran is like a date which is good in taste but has no smell. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who recites the Quran is like the Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who does not recite the Quran is like the colocynth which tastes bitter and has no smell" (Narrated by Abu Musa Al-ash’ari, Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6 Book 61, Number 538)
Keeping in view the importance of reciting, reading the translation and understanding the message through exegesis of the Quran, Ulemas are making great effort to spread the message of Allah S.W.T. With changing needs and trends of each era, the methods used for this purpose are also kept changing. In this modern era, the advancement in technology is also supporting this cause. Several softwares are designed for this purpose and Quran Reference is the latest one in this series of softwares, a relatively new but a comprehensive tool for recitation, translation and exegesis.
Quran Reference, a Comprehensive Guide at Just One Click
The software serves at two different levels, which can be defined as:
Artistic expression. Understanding the meaning and learning the tajweed rules.
Islamic Art is the art of civilization based on Islamic religion. Moreover, it not only concerned with particular region or particular people rather it is a combination of different civilizations and historical circumstances as painted with Islamic weltanschauung. The Arab civilization is probably more important. Although the Arabs have little art and even then, they developed Islamic art with spiritual characteristics.
While many religions have made use of figural images to convey their core convictions, Islam has instead used the shapes and sizes of words or letters. In Islam figural arts is seen as a possible implication of idolatry, and therefore early Muslims looked to the artistry of calligraphy for religious expression. In Islamic and Arabic cultures, calligraphy became highly respected as an art - the art of writing. In short it can be said that the calligraphy is one of the basic columns of the building of Islamic culture, which also fulfill the artistic needs of the common man and Quran Reference has been designed while keeping in view these points.
Apart from the artistic needs, Quran Reference also offers the commonly used two scripts for reciting the Holy Quran, which are Uthmani and Indo-Pak scripts. Remember that Indo-Pak script is easier to read for non-Arabs while Uthmani script is used mostly in the Arab world. So this software can be referred to anyone who wants to learn and understand the Quran, all around the world. The colors used as the background are soothing and their soft tone does not bother and allows the reader to keep the navigation as long as he/she wants to continue.
Understanding the Meaning and Learning the Tajweed Rules:
One of the most prominent features of this software is the availability of tafasir in Arabic, Urdu and English. No need to download the whole volumes and search the exegesis for that specific verse, instead only a simple right click opens the whole list of available tafasir for the verse and allows the reader to directly read the exegesis for that specific verse. Currently Tafsir-e-Usmani in Urdu, Tafsir Ibn Kaseer in Urdu and Arabic, Tafsir Al-Jalalayn in English and Arabic, Tafsir Al Qurtubi in Arabic and Tafsir Al Tabari in Arabic are available.
The unique feature of this software is its simplicity. By having a look, one can easily grasp the whole functioning of the software and the features available there. This simplicity enables those also who are not much familiar with computer and internet to listen tilawat along with translation or read tafsir. The upper bar is dedicated for the recitation of the Quran with and without translations. The translation is available in four different languages including English, Urdu, Persian and Japanese. Quran Reference includes tilawat from 12 different Qari’s, thus enables the user to listen the Holy Quran in different accents.
Another distinguishable feature of Quran Reference (web version) is its cross-browser compatibility, which means that users do not need to download some specific fonts to enjoy the complete navigation of the website; instead it can easily be downloaded at any browser. The bookmark feature makes it more user friendly for the students who are reading and learning the translation of Quran because it also allows adding personal notes.
Following are the complete features list:
- Exegesis (Tafsir):
Tafsir-e-Uthmani (Urdu) Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Urdu, Arabic) Tafsir Al-Jalalayn (English, Arabic) Tafsir Al-Qurtubi (Arabic) Tafsir Al-Tabari (Arabic)
English: Mufti Taqi Usmani, Yousuf Ali, Saheeh International with Audio Urdu: Molana Fateh Mohammad Jalandhry (R.A) with Audio, Molana Mehmood-ul-Hasan (R.A) Persian: Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlwi (R.A) (first persian translator) Japanese: Umar Mita (Japan Muslim Association)
Summary of every Chapter in English and Urdu by Molana Maududi (R.A) (in Desktop version only) Summary of every Juz in Urdu by Molana Aslam Sheikhupuri (R.A) (in Desktop version only) Color-coded tajweed rules Basic tajweed guide in different languages Bookmark verses with notes (useful for students, scholars, researchers) Audio repetition by verse, section and page Search in entire quran and translations using arabic keyboard or phonetic keyboard option Selection between Indo Pak and Uthmani script Smooth scrolling of contents with mouse roller Switch to full screen mode to avoid distraction Attractive and colorful layout Cross-Browser compatible (No need of custom font installation for any browser) Arabic audio recitation from 12 famous Qari's Sura, Verse, Juz (Para), Ruku & Qari selection options Highlight of current verse and translation along with recitation
Following are the minimum system requirements:
2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) Internet connection for listening to recitation and translation (for offline mode download audio data) Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
Quran Reference is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Right click on any verse/translation to popup the tafsir selection menu.×
Jazak Allah Khair for creating such a beautiful, attractive and piece of spiritual art program – "Quran Reference". May Allah Almighty bless you and your team peace, health, wealth, prosperity and respectful honor here and the life hereinafter. Amen. There are so many programs available online in the Qur'an category but I think "Quran Reference" is the best by all aspects; color combinations, ease of use, features, options and variety of choices. I'm reciting the Qur'an daily on "Quran Reference" Desktop Version and enjoying it day by day.Muhammad Ajmal Beig Naz