Back for 2017 / 1438

I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. Sorry for not posting for a while – we’ve been really busy working on some new projects for everyone. The main one is an exciting Hajj (& Umrah) course which covers all the basics. Though it’s not quite finished yet, will be releasing a sneak peek in the next couple of weeks inshAllah. So stay tuned, lots of new posts to come real soon.

In the meantime, wanted to share a photo I took of “The Heavens” (stars) a while back. Really reminds me of the magnificence and beauty of Allah the Almighty’s creation. Subhan Allah!!! Hope you like it.

PS – You may have noticed some of the links on the site are not working. Unfortunately Dropbox (where some of the files are stored) is changing the way it allows sharing, so apologies for any inconvenience – we are working to update everything as soon as possible. But if you are trying to access any of the material and receive errors, please let us know via the contact page (or just leave a comment) and we will get it fixed for you.

Anatomy of Quran Pages

Over the past few weeks Quran Pages for a number of Surahs have been released (mashAllah). So thought now was a good time to discuss the format & provide a quick explanation of the layout of Quran Page documents. To get started let’s have a look at a sample document and break down the different pieces (anatomy):

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  • A – Title: ‘Quran’
  • B – Is a ‘QuickLook‘ box. Here you can very quickly see different information and statistic about the Surah (Chapter)
    • i. The top left quadrant is the Surah Number
    • ii. The top right quadrant is the Number of Verses¬†in the Surah
    • iii. The bottom left quadrant is the Juz (Part) Number
    • iv. The bottom right quadrant indicates whether the Surah contains a Sajdah (Prostration of Recitation)TheWahyProject-Img-Post_20140730.0900
  • C –¬†This area is a virtual progress bar – sort of like a linear gauge. The top most horizontal line in the document indicates the Start of the Quran (i.e. Verse 1), whilst the bottom most horizontal line in the document indicated the End of the Quran (i.e. Verse 6236). Everything in between is a linear scale. So in each Quran Page (pdf) document you will see an Indicator positioned within the highlighted area (C), which will visually illustrate the relative position of the Surah in relation to the entire Quran. For example, the Indicator for Surah [1] will be at the top of the page adjacent to the top most horizontal line, whilst the Indicator for the last Surah [114] will be¬†at the very bottom of the document, adjacent to the bottom most horizontal line. Indicators for Surah’s in between are scaled proportionally to fall into their relative position within the Quran. This way you can very quickly get an idea of where in the Quran you actually are (click on the following image to see what I mean).TheWahyProject-Img-Post_20140730.0919Now the Indicator¬†serves a dual purpose, apart from just (visually) illustrating¬†the position of the Surah in the Quran, it¬†also indicates where the Surah was revealed. There are two Indicator Symbols used:
      • Square (color black) – This indicates the Surah was revealed in Mecca (Makkah)
      • Circle (color blue) – This indicates the Surah was revealed in Medina (Al-Madinah)
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  • DName of the Surah
  • E – English translation of the Name of the Surah
  • F – Verse numbers
  • G – The Wahy Project name
  • H – Quran Page Document ID followed by a Revision number. Revision 0 refers to the originally released document.
  • I – Quran text (arabic) in either an Indo/Pak script or Uthmani script. A quick tip, documents with a 3000 series number for the Document ID will be the Indo/Pak script, whilst documents with a 4000 series number for the Document ID¬†will be the¬†Uthmani script

Now there is a special hidden feature that¬†hasn’t been¬†mentioned above. From the latest Quran Page document (released last Friday) and moving forward each¬†Quran Page pdf will have Layers in it. So you are¬†probably¬†asking¬†yourself¬†what this means? Well, this¬†will allow you to be able to either Show or Hide particular Verses – this is great if you are trying to learn the Verse and need to test¬†yourself. InshAllah I will have a¬†separate¬†post of how to use¬†this¬†Layer¬†functionality¬†in the near future –¬†so stay tuned.

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Now apart from the Quran Pages document format above which relates to the released pdf file, the associated Page also has some features:

  • An image of the Arabic text (if you click this it will take you to a high resolution version) that you can download.
  • Audio for each verse
  • Translation (English)
  • A link to the pdf¬†(for both Indo/Pak¬†and Uthmani scripts)
  • A link to the Audio (mp3) files (note – each audio file has the correct metadata set to make it easy to import into your favorite player, e.g. iTunes)
  • Checksum (or Hash) of the files to verify integrity – [ md5 | sha1 ]

Anatomy of a Supplication Sheet

It just felt like yesterday that I started working on the Supplication Sheet project. Though it has taken me some time to start publishing them, mashAllah quite a few have been released over the past few weeks ūüôā … so thought now was a good time to discuss the format & provide a quick explanation of the layout. So let’s have a look at a sample sheet and break down the different pieces (anatomy):

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  • AThe Wahy Project name¬†
  • B – Is the Supplication ID followed by a Revision number. Revision 0 refers to the originally released document.
  • C – Is a ‘QuickLook‘ box. Here you can very quickly see where the Supplication is from and it’s reference.
    • The top left quadrant refers to where the Supplication is from:
      • [Q] = Quran
      • [H] = Hadith
    • The top right quadrant¬†is only used if the Supplication is from Hadith and refers to the Grading:
      • [S] = Sahih
      • [H] = Hasan
      • [D] = Daif
    • The bottom left quadrant¬†is only used if the Supplication is from Hadith and refers to the Source of the Supplication:
      • [B] = ¬†Bukhari
      • [T] =¬†Tirmidhńę
      • [AD] =¬†Abu Dawud
    • The bottom right quadrant¬†is a numerical reference to the actual Supplication
  • DCategory of the Supplication
  • ESubtitle (e.g. explanatory note)
  • F – Arabic text
  • G – Transliteration (approximate)
  • H – Translation¬†(approximate)
  • I – Audio (controls to play/stop)
    • If you didn’t realise the audio is actually embedded in the pdf. If you are having difficulty it making it play, please refer to my post on how to configure Adobe Acrobat Reader here
  • J – Reference

Now apart from the Supplication Sheet format above which relates to the released pdf file, the associated Post also has some features:

  • An image of the Arabic text (if you click this it will take you to a high resolution version) that you can download.
  • A link to the pdf
  • A link to the audio file
  • Checksum (or Hash) of the file to verify it’s integrity – [ md5 | sha1 ]

PDF & Sound

As you may have noticed, I release a lot of my original content in PDF. I love the PDF format – it is so functional and accessible. What you may not have noticed (or might have ;)) is that a lot of my PDF files have sound actually embedded within them. This is really cool as it make the PDF a fully contained document that you can download and not only read, but listen too. Examples of some embedded sounds include pronunciations and recitations.

So what do you need to be able to view (& listen) to the PDF files? Well my recommendation is:

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader – which you can get directly from Adobe here
  2. Adobe Flash Player for Acrobat Reader – which allows you to play sounds embedded in the PDF files, which you can get directly from Adobe here

In the past you only needed the Adobe Acrobat Reader software (#1 in the list above). But recently Adobe decided to separate out the functionality that allows playing of sound files, so you need to install both of the software listed above for everything to work properly.

So go ahead – download and install the software (if you haven’t already) and enjoy the PDFs to the max.

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Site Navigation Update

I have been meaning to update the site navigation for quite a while, but time just seems too be flying ;). Alhamdulillah, today I finally got around to it and you will notice the following new enhancements:

  • Index” menu item in the top menu bar: Here I will be placing links to main Topic pages
  • Index list in the site sidebar (on the right side of the page): These are links directly to the main Topic pages
  • Category list in the site sidebar: You can simply select the category you are interested in and all the posts on that category will be presented
  • Topic pages: These pages are like Table of contents for the associated topic to help finding information

InshAllah the above will help you quickly and easily find all the information you are looking for.