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 ]

Introducing Quran Pages

I am so very excited today to introduce ‘Quran Pages

Just like Supplication Sheets, I have been wanting to publish clear, simple and extremely high quality extracts of the Quran for a while now. Just recently though (By the Grace of Allah Almighty), have found a way to create high quality reproductions of the Quran in both popular scripts – Uthmani and Indo/Pak (which is my personal favorite), which has enabled this project to progress, Alhamdulillah.

Each Quran Page document will be on one Surah (Chapter). My initial plan is to only work on Surah 1 (Al-Fatiha) and the Surah’s of Juz 30 (Amma), which will inshAllah be released incrementally.

As you may have noticed, a Quran Index page has also been created (which can be found in the top menu bar and right side column), where you can keep track of all the Quran Page documents.

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But you may be asking yourself, how is Quran Pages different to other projects? Well, a number of features:

1. Script

Quran Page documents will be released in two scripts:

  • Indo/Pak script: Also referred to as Persian script

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Note: Though only the Indo/Pak script image will be shown on the actual online Page, pdf’s of both the scripts will be available for download, so please do check these out.

2. Accuracy

Accuracy of the Quran text is of the utmost importance and the number 1 priority. Quran Pages uses the following to ensure accuracy:

  • Indo/Pak script: Created using the “Quran Publishing System” (QPS), which provides 100% ligature based error free text. This is the very same software that has been used to typeset a number of Quran books.
  • Uthmani script: Taken straight from the King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex. Even the font is exactly the same.

3. Design

Each Quran Page document is on one Surah. One page will be the Arabic text, while the next page will be an English translation.

Quran Pages documents are designed to be,

  • Simple: Minimalist & clean formatting to prevent distractions
  • Clear
  • Scalable: As scanned images are not used to create documents, there is no fuzziness when you zoom in. Enjoy large crisp text
  • High quality
  • Portable: Perfect for viewing on your computer or on mobile devices like iPads/Tablets

4. Translation

The translation used (unless other specified) is:

  • “The Holy Qur’an Part 30: ‘Amma with Modern English Translations (Fourth Edition)”.By Muhammad Shamsul Haque, Ph.D. Namuk International. 1993.

5. Audio

Though audio has not been embedded into the pdf files, it is provided on the corresponding online Page (where the Quran Pages document is published). A couple of points to note:

  • Audio of the entire Surah is available to play directly from the online Page (but please note, this is created by joining the individual verse audio without any intermediary gaps)
  • Audio of the entire Surah and individual verses is available to download from the online Page. (Metdata in the audio files have been correctly setup to allow smooth import into any audio player, eg iTunes)

Reference for the Audio is as follows:

6. Portable

The real advantage of Quran Pages is that you don’t need to be connected to the internet to view them. You can download all the documents and view them offline.


So I hope you enjoy. Stay tuned … the first Quran Page document is just around the corner.