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Online Qur'an Sources

Monday, 31 August 2009

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

A list of every single Qur'an link online that I use, approve of, find useful and stamp with Muslimness:

  • The University of South California - A search + index is included, the full ahadith from four main collections and other holy scriptures from other faiths. The Qur'an is in English only but from three popular translators. I use this a lot for quick referencing. My rating: 8/10
  • Qur'an Explorer - I thoroughly adore this source; click on the red 'Launch' button to open up a new explorer window where you can listen to 8 different Qari (Qur'an reciters), 11 different translations, including Malay and French, and select Arabic scripts, pause and skip recitation to help with reading along or memorising. My rating: 9/10
  • Multilingual Qur'an - This is a novelty for me; the link provides 20+ languages. You select one, choose a chapter, select from the 11 Qari and click on any verse or the 'play' icon for instant recitation. Also provided is a highlighting search box and a tafsir option. It's interesting reading the Qur'an in another language or cross-translating words. My rating: 8/10
  • Quranic Realm - This is basic in comparison to others but still a valuable interactive source. Select any surah, check every single box in the top menu and compare the translations and Arabic script without tashkeel (that means punctuation, vowels for joining sounds). It takes time being able to read Qur'an without tashkeel, I should know, I studied it! To listen to recitation though the site takes you to another website where you can download MP3 formats or listen online to various reciters. My rating: 6/10
  • Quranic Audio - (following from Quranic realm) A huge database of Qur'an reciters is compiled here for listening to online or downloading FREE! Possibly every single Qari online is stashed here. There's also a blog (Cafe Salam) for you to post your feedback. My rating: 5/10
  • IslamiCity - Perhaps the most extensive and comprehensive Qur'an source online, I get lost in all of it! Here is a list of searches - phonetically, by topic, translation and so on. A list of translations to the Qur'an include Chinese, Korean and Dutch. There are tools also for listening and memorising the Qur'an. Nifty. My rating: 8/10
  • Holy Quran - Another interactive and dedicated site to collating various translations, downloadable chapters and embedded YouTube videos for listening to recitation. To listen to the chapters you click on the speaker icon and a new window opens up. You can also search for a particular word within a surah, something other sites fail at AND download the whole Qur'an FREE in any of the languages listed on the bottom right. That's fantastic! (If you speak Greek) My rating: 7/10
  • Quran.com - Very similar to Quranic Realm but with a cleaner cut interface and enlarging script options. This source is also good for displaying various translations, Arabic scripts (with/without tashkeel) and the transliterations all in one selection. So I can read the Qur'an in Polish, Somali and Italian, without tashkeel and with transliteration together! Audio recitation option available too but only by one man throughout. My rating: 7/10
There are definitely more strong contenders out there but I think too many is overwhelming. It isn't really about which ones are better but rather which ones are suited to you and your learning. My ratings are personal, recommendations for you.

If you have any other Qur'an sources be sure to mention them here!

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