we are happy to announce a new ui for quranicaudio.com. in addition, we've just pushed 3 more qaris to the site (Sheikh Hatem Farid, Sheikh Mostafa Ismaeel, and Sheikh Mohamed Al-Tablawi). insha'Allah more reciters coming soon! please let us know your feedback!
in the past week or so, we've been pushing changes to waqt.org - most notably, a new ui, and the ability to select the calculation method as well! also, you should notice somewhat of a speed improvement over the last version. please let us know your feedback insha'Allah!
after a seemingly long time, we have finally uploaded some new audio to quranicaudio - this time, it's the Makkah Taraweeh from 1431 and the Madinah Tarweeh from 1431. Insha'Allah more audio coming soon!
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
As I'm currently working on developing the next version of quran.com (إن شاء الله) I thought I'd take the opportunity to post to our much neglected blog. I've personally never taken up blogging, but I guess it's not too late to start. إن شاء الله I'll keep everyone updated throughout development via this blog.
I'm currently fixing and finishing up the Arabic view of beta.quran.com (beta.quran.com/ar). After mirroring page elements into right-to-left directionality with CSS, I'll need to translate all the English words used in the interface into Arabic.
Fortunately, we've implemented a great localization/internationalization back-end for the new quran.com, so it shouldn't be too difficult. The system not only handles interface localization but we've extended it into content as well so that even individual ayah words can have localized translations for any given language. I designed the system to scale with the intention of, at some point (perhaps when the user/account base is large enough) implement a feedback mechanism allowing users to suggest translations for a given language for both interface keywords and individual ayah words. إن شاء الله the system is capable of handling any language, so we may see in the future quran.com/fr/*, quran.com/de/* and even quran.com/zh/*.
Anyway, after finishing off the Arabic view of beta.quran.com, إن شاء الله I'll start working on the planned "[re]-share" function so that users can start sharing ayahs and making da3wa through Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz. The plan is to set it up in a flexible yet easy to use way, so that the user can choose to share specific resources alongside the ayah (i.e. translations or tafsir if using the Arabic view) and/or post their own comments alongside.
i wanted to write up a brief post about a new prayertime information service, waqt.org. waqt aims to maintain an extremely clean and simple interface while providing powerful features. rss feeds and geolocation support are some of its unique features. currently, it only supports the north america method of calculation, but we will insha'Allah allow it to soon accept other methods.
As salamu `alaykum wa rahmatulLahi wa barakatuHu,
Below is a list of new features that have just been added to Quran.com!
The following languages have been added:
- Albanian (H. Sherif Ahmeti)
- Chinese (HKIYA)
- Czech (Preklad I. Hrbek)
- Farsi (Naser Makarem Shirazi [مکارم شیرازی])
- Finnish (Z.I. Ahsan Boere)
- Hausa (Saudi Qur'an Institute)
- Korean (Saudi Qur'an Institute)
- Malay (Abdullah Muhammad Basmeih)
- Maranao (Abdul Aziz Guroalim Saromantang)
- Norwegian (Einar Berg)
- Swedish (Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström)
- Thai (Arab University Alumni Association)
- Uzbek (Мухаммад Содик)
The following languages have been modified and/or updated
to fix errors that were discovered:
- German (Al-Azhar Islamic University)
- Japanese (Saudi Qur'an Institute)
- Polish (Józef Bielawski)
- Somali (Mahmud Muhammad Abduh)
Tafsir al-Jalalayn (تفسير الجلالين) has been added, and can be viewed under the Arabic language box on any Surah (chapter) page.
NEW Search Engine!
Al-hamdu lilLah, we now have a brand new search engine! Features include much better performance, and the launch of the NEW Phonetic Search feature! Just click "search tips" at the top for more information!
A new About page has been added, that describes more details about this project, and about the Holy Qur'an, along with external resource links and credit links to a few of the data sources used. This page can be visited by clicking the "About" link at the bottom of the site, or by clicking here.
This website is now printer-friendly! Now, if you want to print a specific surah (chapter) or range of ayat (verses), you're printer will deliver exactly what you want, without printing the extra controls or menus from the site. Try a print preview on a Surah page today!
Network of Websites
Quran.com is now part of a network of online Islamic resources, with the aim at delivering many of the resrouces you may find useful. And as such, you will find a new toolbar at the top of this website, with links to other network sites. The other sites include QuranicAudio.com, a source for high quality recitations of the Qur'an, and Waqt.org, a source for prayer times of cities worldwide.
We hope you find benefit in these updates, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Jazakum Allahu khayr was salamu `alaykum wa rahmatulLahi wa barakatuHu
ramadan kareem to all of you insha'Allah! please keep us in your du3a's.
salam 3alaikum -
in preparation for ramadan, al7amdulillah, the following has taken place:
1. i've (finally) caught up on all the pending emails.
2. added 3 new recitations based on emails sent to me by users of the site, may Allah reward them (Husari with Doori Qira'a, Muhammad Hassan, and Salah Al-Hashim - the latter two courtesy of 4quran.com and el-moslem.com, respectively).
3. most importantly, i've finally fixed the id3 tags on all the files.
it's been a while since this blog has been updated, but hope insha'Allah everyone is doing well.
have been working on the alpha version of quranicrealm (which you may have seen linked off of quranicrealm). this version includes many new things - improved searching and better arabic images are the most important.
more importantly, however, is that soon, quranicrealm will insha'Allah be merged with quran.com. currently, you will find only a few things (the images, for example) merged with quran.com. the transliteration search and more will be merged soon insha'Allah.
moreover, a lot of this stuff is becoming open source, and we ultimately plan on opening up APIs as well to make development easy. i will update this blog as the work progresses insha'Allah.
Al-hamdu lilLah, in addition to yesterday's 10 new language sets, 9 more language sets of the holy Qur'an have been launched today!
You will notice these new language sets in the "Language" box on the left hand side, whenever visiting a surah page.
The languages that have been added are:
- Azerbaijani (Məmmədəliyev & Bünyadov)
- Bosnian (Besim Korkut)
- Malayalam (Cheriyamundam & Parappur)
- Polish (Józefa Bielawskiego)
- Romanian (George Grigore)
- Somali (Ali Muhsin Al-Barwani)
- Tatar (Yakub b. Nugman)
- Turkish (Elmalili Mohammad Hamdí Yazir)
- Urdu (Fateh Muhammad Jalandhry)
Jazakum Allahu khayr was salamu `alaykum wa rahmatulLahi wa barakatuHu