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Review: Al-Mudarris Quran Software

Omar Usman

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A few months ago I got a copy of Al-Mudarris software. It’s essentially a software that incorporates ayaat with multiple translations and audio recitations of each individual ayah. That is nice, however, what really prompted me to utilize the software is the notes and tafsir features.

The program gives you the ability to add your own personal notes for each ayah, and save it. You can save tafsir notes separately from your own personal notes. This is ideal for any student, or khateeb, to keep track of their own personal notes for each ayah.

That is the feature I like most, but it is also useful if you are doing hifdh, because it allows you to have it play specified ayaat at a fixed number of repetitions with a pause for you to recite after each ayah. There’s tools for this online as well, but this can be used without any internet connection (i.e. directly from your hard drive).

The full feature list is on the website.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi adds,

Al-Mudarris software is a fantastic way of learning the Quran and the art of tajwid. It is one of the best programs I’ve seen in this regard, and I have no hesitation in recommending it for others. Its so easy that even my kids learnt how to use it in no time.

There is a demo video online that you can view here and tutorials as well. One other feature is that upgrades to the software are free. Here’s a list of the upcoming enhancements insha’Allah:

Get a copy here and make sure you use the special coupon code for MM readers to get $5 off

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters and Qalam Institute. He teaches Islamic seminars across the US including Khateeb Workshop and Fiqh of Social Media. He has served in varying administrative capacities for multiple national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow his work at ibnabeeomar.com.

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    abusifr

    April 28, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    try zekr, it’s open source and free and has many of these features – http://zekr.org

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    Abu Muhammad

    April 28, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    I have copy of this software, it is professionally done, very advanced audio repetition options.
    Thing that I didn’t found anywhere in all available programs is option for pause after the verses. It will give you break so you can practice. Break is not in seconds it is in length of the verses and also can be made longer if you are slow reciter. Also you don’t need any internet for recitation it comes with audio data which is also convenient.
    Another thing that I use a lot is it has one thing called one button copy of the text of the qur’an next to the verses so you don’t go and select, copy, paste add sura in parenthesis it will do it for you.

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    Tayyib

    April 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    The coupon doesn’t seem to be working.

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    Azizur Rahman

    April 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    I would highly recommend using Zekr, being open source which means you can make copy and pass it on to your fiends and family with being called a “Pirate” and live a guilt free life.

    Also of interest is the Sabily (formally Ubuntu Muslim Edition) a complete free alternative to Microsoft Windows packaged by by Muslims for Muslims. It comes with a lot of Islamic Software not seen in others. Most important thing is you can pass on a copy to as many people you like without being called a “Pirate” and live a guilt free life.

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    Abuhafsa

    April 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    +1 for zekr as well. Its a great software and is open source. Plus it works on all platforms, linux, windows and macs. The nice feature I like about it is the ease with which you can add translations and audio recitations. The website does not have the translation by Hilali and Muhsin Khan, but I was able to do it myself in a few hours.

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      Asaad

      September 18, 2009 at 5:14 AM

      Hi,

      How did you managed to add Muhsin Khan Commentary.

      Can you add urdu translation also.

      Regards

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    MR

    April 28, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Open source rules!

    I can’t remember the last time I paid for any software. :-D

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    Abu Muhammad

    April 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    I downloaded Zekr it’s good it is similar in some points but doesn’t have those features for audio repetition and for memorization not even close to Al-Mudarris Qur’an Software.
    You can take a look at the first video to see recitation options here

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    MR

    April 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    @Abu Muhammad – Good idea. Someone should develop it since its open for anyone to. I might check it out although it is written in Java on Eclipse framework. Not an expert in both.

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    Umm Hurairah

    April 28, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Can anyone recommend a good digital Qur’an please? The ones I have seen don’t seem to be very durable, and the screen is tiny, making it difficult to read. I need one with Uthmani script (preferably a replica of the standard page), verse by verse with repetition and pause, and the option to hear with headphones or speakers. Any suggestions?

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    The MV

    April 28, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Mashallah, This software is very nice and Jazakullah for providing a discount :)

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    N

    April 29, 2009 at 5:33 AM

    Umm Hurairah said:
    Can anyone recommend a good digital Qur’an please? The ones I have seen don’t seem to be very durable, and the screen is tiny, making it difficult to read. I need one with Uthmani script (preferably a replica of the standard page), verse by verse with repetition and pause, and the option to hear with headphones or speakers. Any suggestions?

    As-Salamu Alaykum, I have ENMAC.. alhamdulilah, it’s the best by far.

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    Increase your Rizq

    April 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Jazzak Allah khair for the review…been thinking of getting this software for a while now so this defn. helped. Zekr looks pretty good too though !

    Does anybody know how to play repetitions (w/o having to go back and forth with fwd and rewind buttons) if you are trying to memorize in a car or using an audio mp3 player in the bus while traveling ? Any clues/tips ?

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    Azizur Rahman

    April 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    I have been doing my own research into these software for a while.

    The best free alternative to “Al-Mudarris Quran Software” is ImaanStar’s Juz30 and it has all the recitation repeat setting .. which is not found in the Zerk. But ImaanStar does not say much about its copyright or license or end user agreement aspect on the site, So its not as free as freedom software as Zerk is. (I stand here to be corrected if I am wrong about ImaanStar copyright or license or end user agreement).

    @Increase your Rizq
    I have my Nokia N95 8GB loaded with MP3s from Verse By Verse Quran Recitation which you can download and use on almost any device that can play MP3 on or you can make it into CDs if you wish.

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    Abu Muhammad

    April 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    @AzizurRahman. Good idea, btw, how it behaves when loaded in play list I mean you have more then 6000 files?

    I wish this guys from Al-Mudarris will publish version for cell phones or portable devices like iPhone or Touch, because I believe that what really help in memorization is REPETITION of certain group with BREAK so you can practice and hear your self (which Al-Mudarris has ) because pauses in seconds doesn’t make any sense…

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    Azizur Rahman

    April 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    @Abu Muhammad I don’t think anyone is going to listen to 6000 mp3 files in one go.

    My approach is break it to a small manageable chunk ie a single sura. I load a single sura and then break it to 5 verses at a time.. on my play list, so when playing the play list in repeat mode it repeats those 5 verses over and over. In matter of 2 weeks I have familiarised myself to half the sura during a 10 minute journey to work and 10min back. This goes to show that it a very possible to memorise the whole quran by simply listen and reciting at the same time for 10mins everyday.

    Everyone please make duwa for me, insha-Allah that one day very soon I would complete memorising the whole quran.

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    Want Madani Script

    April 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    As salaamu Alaikum

    The one feature I want to see in a software is the Madani script incorporated with the featureslike audio, notes, etc.
    Any ideas?

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    Abu Muhammad

    May 5, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    @Want Madani Script: In this software you have those options, you can add notes to the verses, you can click that verse to listen to it etc. This is in my opinion the best software for the Qur’an available so far.

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    azikria

    May 18, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Jazaka ALLAH Khair for the comments but I don’t think many of the people commenting actually own the Al-Muddaris Software. It is Obvious the company that made the Al-Mudarris checked all the different softwares and “Free ware” out there, then developed a software that has the good features of those softwares and improved on them while at the same time introduce new features. As a owner of Al-Mudarris I can tell you that this software is well worth the price.

    Zikr and Imaanstar are nice really nice but they simply lack many features which are powerful. Truely Al-Mudarris is not only good for people who want to memorize the quran but also, as advertised, great for people taking islamic course in their masjids and for those brothers who give khutbahs in their high schools, college, or masjids.

    The multiple reciters, even the Mualim version of recitation by shaykh Husary, are included with the software.

    I haven’t mentioned all the other bells and whistles. You’d have to purchase your very own. One last thing that you don’t find with the free or other softwares (to my knowledge at least) is the FREE updates.

    Masha ALLAH we are blessed with all these opportunities to learn our deen. The difference between Free and cheap (Al-Mudarris) is little in cost but the value, I feel, is worth it.

    Sorry just my two cents.

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    TM

    August 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Salam,

    I am interested in taking notes and adding comments on verses. please shed some light on the following questions:-

    1- What is the limit of text storage for notes/comments on a single verse, any limitations?

    2- Can we export or import notes/comments or even bookmarks. if yes in what format. do we have any universally recognizable format.

    3- How can I add my favourite tafseer into this Software. Any special format to import?

    4- For “Zikr software users” does this support for adding Notes or comments on verses, please elaborate in the light of the above questions.

    Thanks

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    William

    March 5, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    I am looking for Quran study software for the M. A. S. Abdel Haleem translation by Oxford World.
    Or any other study software for a quality English version of the Quran that is a widely accepted version.

    I am not looking for anything free as I need a quality searchable Study software. It seems to me that most of the software that I am finding is focused on Reciting the text rather than studying and understanding the truth of the text.
    Can anyone out there help me with my project?

    Thanks,

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    heliwave

    March 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    QuranCode 1433
    http://www.qurancode.com

    Salam all

    I am the developer of the open-source QuranCode software which is meant for serious research with note-taking, verse similarity research, word-by-word gammar, and the choice of any reciter with verse or section repetition.

    It is open source C# project so if you wish to join to improve it, you are most welcome.

    God > infinity

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Why I Turned to Tech to Catch Laylatul Qadr

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My life, just like yours, is sooo busy. So naturally, as the tech nerd I am, I turn to tech to help me manage my regular routine including project management apps to manage my daily tasks. I even have a sleeping app that wakes me up at the optimum time (whatever that means!). But even though tech has changed everything in all sectors and helped make efficiencies in my daily life, it had had little impact on my religious activities.

A few years ago, whilst I was preparing for the last 10 nights of Ramadan, it hit me – why doesn’t something exist that automates my donations during these blessed nights to catch Laylatul Qadr. Rather than putting a reminder on my phone to bring out my bank card every night and inputting it into a website – why doesn’t something exist that does it for me, solving the problem of me forgetting to donate. After all we are human and it’s interesting that the Arabic word for human being is ‘insan’ which is derived from the word ‘nasiya’ which means ‘to forget.’ It is human nature to forget.

So the techie in me came out and I built the first scrappy version of MyTenNights, a platform to automate donations in the last 10 nights of Ramadan (took two weeks) because I wanted to use it myself! I thought it would be cool and my friends and family could use it too. That same year, nearly 2000 other people used it – servers crashed, tech broke and I had to get all my friends and Oreo (my cat) to respond to email complaints about our temperamental site!

I quickly realised I wasn’t alone in my need  – everyone wanted a way to never miss Laylatul Qadr! Two years down the line we’ve called it MyTenNights, and our team has grown to 10, including Oreo, senior developers, QA specialists, brand strategists, creative directors and more. It fast became a fierce operation – an operation to help people all over the world catch Laylatul Qadr!

Last year alone we raised almost $2 million in just 10 days – and that was just in the UK. We’ve now opened MyTenNights to our American, Canadian. South African and Australian brothers and sisters and we’re so excited to see how they use it! We’ve made it available through all the biggest house name charities – Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Helping Hand, Penny Appeal, you name it! All donations go directly to the charity donors choose – all 100% of it.

Looking back at the last couple of years – it feels surreal: The biggest charities in the world and tens of thousands of users who share my need to be certain they’ve caught Laylatul Qadr. Although I hear many impressed with the sheer amount MyTenNights has raised for charity (and that excites me too!), it’s not what motives me to go on. What excites me most is the growing number of people who catch Laylatul Qadr because we made it easier.

I often tell my team that the number of people that use MyTenNights is the only metric we care about, and the only metric we celebrate. It makes no difference to us whether you donate $1 or a million – we just want you to catch Laylatul Qadr and for you to transform your Akhirah, because (after Allah) we helped you do it.

To catch Laylatul Qadr with MyTenNights, visit their website MyTenNights.com

Ismael Abdela is a Law & Anthropology graduate from the London School of Economics. He spent some years studying Islamic Sciences in Qaseem, Saudi Arabia. He is now a keen social entrepreneur. Ismael likes to write about spiritual reflections, social commentary, and tafsīr. He is particularly interested in putting religion in conversation with the social sciences.

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Social Media And The Struggle for Tomorrow

Dr Muhammad Wajid Akhter

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Muslims have never gotten over losing Andalusia (Spain) to the Reconquista. No discussion about Islam and Europe can take place without us pining like BoAbdil – the last Muslim ruler of Granada who cried like a child as he was exiled from his homeland. We lament about how we brought enlightenment to Europe and then managed to find ourselves totally eliminated from the Iberian Peninsula.

BoAbdil – the last ruler of Granada

If only we knew.

We cry at the loss of Andalusia and rarely reflect on the true enormity of what happened. The whole of South America, the Philippines and indeed the Americas were conquered or “discovered” by the forces of Catholic Spain shortly after they sent the Muslims packing. Were it not for our own ability to play ourselves, the world would look very different today.

The next Andalusia?

Today, we are in the midst of making another monumental mistake. And it may end up making the loss of Andalusia look trivial by comparison.

This mistake, this error, this battle that we cannot afford to lose is for the control of the Social Media narrative about us and our faith. The advent of the Social Media revolution is no less a game changer in the history of the world than the Industrial revolution before it. And just like the Industrial revolution made previously insignificant nations into world powers and reduced world powers into colonised outposts, the Social Media revolution will do the same.

Until just over a decade ago, the control of information – and therefore the levers of power – were in the hands of the wealthy and elite few. It was Fox News, CNN, and the BBC that set the agenda on TV. It was the Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Times of London and Le Figaro that set the agenda on Newspapers and Magazines. The editors of these channels and publications and their owners could decide whether a genocide was worthy of coverage or not. They could choose to paint a leader as a villain that needed to be deposed or a hero that needed to be obeyed. In the court of public opinion, they were the power behind the thrones, pulling all our strings.

Today, their dominance is almost over. Instead, we get our information and news from Social Media. The BBCs YouTube channel has just over 1 Million subscribers whereas Zoella (a lifestyle blogger just out of her teens) has more than 10 Million. Fox News has over 15 Million Twitter followers while Justin Beiber has more than 90 Million. The numbers are staggering, but it is a fact that individuals and small operations are having their voices amplified and heard on Social Media at a level that was previously virtually impossible.

The possibilities are amazing. For the first time, we can talk about ourselves rather than being talked about by pundits from other communities or by talking heads with their own agendas. We could put across discussions regarding long held grievances without having it filtered through the lens of a news organisation with a biased eye. For once, marginalised sections of the Muslim community could speak for themselves rather than be spoken for by “community leaders.”

While this is a great thing for transparency in the sharing of information and giving more power to the people – there is a huge downside to this whole enterprise.

The next Reconquista?

The individuals and organisations that are proving most adept at exploiting Social Media for their own purposes are those at the extremes of society. The extremists amongst the Muslim who advocate violence against civilians and organise to carry out acts of terror are possibly the single most effective and coordinated group of Muslims online. There may be far more Muslims sharing a Mufti Menk tweet or a catchy video by Maher Zain, but it’s the extremists that are getting things done. They are using Social Media to not only propagate their ideas, but to coordinate them. [1]

But even these precocious violent new kids on the block are being left in the shade by the white nationalist–Nazi-Anti-Muslim brigade. [2] You can’t fail to spot them if you’re ever online. You can see them commenting on every article, sending torrents of vile abuse towards anyone who stands in their way and backing each other up to the hilt.

A recent study by the George Washington University study on extremism “revealed that the social media presence of white nationalists and Neo-Nazis is growing at an exponential rate. According to the study, the white nationalist movement on Twitter increased by a whopping 600 percent, surpassing that of ISIS sympathizers.” [3]

What happens if we lose the social media war?

If we lose the social media war against extremism, the best-case scenario is that we continue down the slippery slope we’re on now. We see ever increasing attacks followed by reprisals, followed by attacks.

That is the best-case scenario.

The worst-case scenario would mean the marginalisation of the middle ground to such an extent as to have profound psychological, political and theological consequences for generations to come.

No pressure.

To put it bluntly, the longer the moral majority of both Muslims and non-Muslims remain disunited, disorganised and lacking in coordination – the longer the extremists on both sides of the spectrum will continue to set the agenda, be the loudest and most persistent voices in the room and ultimately succeed in their quest for a clash of civilizations.

Organised evil will always defeat disorganised good. However, if the good got organised… well, that would be a whole different ball game.

References:

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/25/social-media-extremism-and-fears-we-are-losing-the-online-war

[2] https://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php

[3] https://cchs.gwu.edu/files/downloads/Nazis%2520v.%2520ISIS%2520Final_0.pdf

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