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Download AlMinshawi's amazing recitation of Suratul Kahf

Download here. [MP3 - 32.1MB]

This is my favorite recitation of Suratul Kahf. Enjoy listening to it.

It is great for memorizing the surah, as he gives every verse its own character with his rich voice and different tones.

If you go to the page linked above, you'll see a "Play" button that you can use to listen to the recitation without downloading it.

Abdul Basit's At-Takweer MP3 download

Download here. [Mp3 - 1.6 MB]

Another one of Sheikh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad's best recitations.

Biography of Sheikh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad

At the request of one of our readers, here is a short biography of Sheikh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad:

"Sheikh 'Abdul-Bâsit 'Abdus-Samad was born in 1927 and died in 1988. He came to Cairo from the city of Armant in Upper Egypt in 1950, having established his reputation in the south. He was the first reciter in his family, but his grandfather was a religious scholar of al-Azhar training. Sheikh 'Abdul-Bâsit is probably the best-known of Egyptian reciters outside of Egypt, as he was the first to make commercial recordings of his recitation, and he has travelled extensively outside of Egypt. Sheikh 'Abdul-Bâsit is one of the four top-ranking reciters in Egypt. He was the first president of the newly formed Reciters' Union. Sheikh 'Abdul-Bâsit is admired for breath control and his high-pitched, clear voice.

Three recordings of the entire Qur'ân by Sheikh 'Abdul-Bâsit are available: two in the transmission of Hafs (one murattal and one mujawwad) and one in the transmission of Warsh 'an Nafi'."

Sheikh Abdul Basit recitations available on QuranClub for download: Surah Ad-Dhuha and Al-Inshirah - Surah At-Tariq.

This biography was taken from this page.

Sheikh Abdul Basit's recitation of Surah Ad-Dhuha and Al-Inshirah

Download here. [Mp3 - 0.9 MB]

This is another one of Sheikh Abdul Basit's best Quran recitations.

Sheikh Abdul Basit's recitation of Surah At-Tariq

Sheikh Abdul BasitDownload here. [Mp3 - 0.5 MB]

This is one of Sheikh Abdul Basit's best recitations. Download it if you don't have it.

Free download of the Koran: First American Translation by T. B. Irving [Islamic books]

T.B. IrvingDownload here [Ebook - HTML]

T. B. Irving (1914–2002) was an American Muslim author, professor, and scholar. He wrote the first American English translation of the Quran.

Mr. Irving has translated the meaning of the Quran, instead of translating each verse word for word. He also uses modern American English. The result of his efforts is the Koran, The First American Translation. This book is easy and fun to read, unlike some other translations.

More about T. B. Irving on SoundVision.

Download The Noble Quran English translation here [Islamic books]

The Noble QuranDownload here.

The Noble Quran is clear and concise, with explanations separated from the main text by brackets.

In some places where a verse has multiple valid interpretations they have only stated one, probably to avoid confusing the readers. You might get the wrong idea about certain verses if you depend exclusively on any one translation of the Quran. You should read as many translations as you can. And learn Arabic.

Download the Kurdish Asan Tafseer here [Islamic books]

This tafseer of the Quran is used by the majority of people living in northern Iraq. It is simple and easy to understand. It is written in the Sorani, or Kirmanji Khwaroo, dialect.

Download here: Kurdish Asan Tafseer.

Original searchable Arabic text of the Quran in Microsoft Word format [Islamic books]

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This is an Arabic Quran in Microsoft Word (doc) format. It has been extracted from the seventh version of HARF IT Co.'s Arabic Quran program.

The text has been legally reviewed and approved by the Azhar Islamic university in Cairo (according to the program's website).

Microsoft Word's search capability is great in that whether you search for يتيم or يَتِيمْ, i.e. whether you put harakat or not, it will find your search term. However, when you use harakat, it will only find words that have the same exact ones. If you search for غّ (Ghayn with a shaddah), it won't find anything since that combination doesn't exist in the Quran.

The document has a table of contents at the beginning that you can use by holding Ctrl and clicking on the chapter you want.

Download it here.

How to extract fonts from PDF files

Have you ever seen a beautiful PDF file and wished you could use its fonts? I have. This evening I spent more than an hour trying to find a way to extract a font from an absolutely beautiful Arabic book (it used a variant of Microsoft's Traditional Arabic font). Google, like usual, was useless for this type of rare endeavor. But thanks to God, I remembered a software company known as Process Text Group who specialize in text software.

I went to their website. Sadly there was no mention of a PDF font extractor. However, I looked at the details page for their PDF converter, and Alhamdulillah! It said it could extract fonts.

You can download the program from this page. It is a trial version, but functional nonetheless. Go to View-->Fonts to view and save the fonts you want.

Quranic Names for boys and girls

So I've been reading (and there is always room for improvement of course) in an Arabic & English Quran since I last posted.
Lately what has interested me is the Arabic words from the Quran that can be used as names for Muslim babies. My name can be considered a "Quranic Name" and it's mentioned in more than one surah. :]
I've compiled a list of some of the ones I noticed and liked while reading. I tried to narrow their location down as best as I could (but I don't have the Quran in front of me now).
  • Abrar: Obedient believers. (Last Juz, maybe surah Inshiqaq)
  • Tasneem  :Water in Paradise that falls from heights. (Last Juz)
  • LuLu : Pearl. For girls. (Surah Ar Rahman)
  • Marjaan: Coral. For girls. (Surah Ar Rahman. The ayah goes "lu'lu' wal marjaan' so these could be the name of twin girls maybe)
  • Bayaan:  Eloquent demonstration. For both boys and girls, but it is more popular for girls. (Surah Ar Rahman.)
  • Bayyinah: Truth that is demonstrated eloquently, Allah uses this adjective to describe the Quran. It is derived from the same root as the previous name. For girls only. (Last Juz)
  • Illiyeen: The noble book that contains the deeds of righteous people on the Day of Judgement. For females. You could call her Lily for short (Last Juz.)
  • Shams: The Sun. For boys. Can be made feminine name by saying Shamsah.(All over the Quran)
  • Nur: Light. For girls. (as in sunlight). (Many places in the Quran)
  • Kareem: Generous. (Many places in the Quran)
  • Naeem: Bountiful. For boys. (Last juz, Mutafifeen)
  • Majeed : One who has greatness and valor. For boys only, its feminine form is Majeedah. (Last juz, Buruj)
  • Salsabil:  It's the name of fountain in Paradise. For girls. (Insaan.)
  • Raadiyah: Someone who is content. For girls only. (Last juz, Gaashiya.)
  • Raadhi: Someone who is content, for boys.
In conclusion, most of the Quranic names can be found in the last Juz. Probably because the last juz talks about heaven a lot (and punishment a lot too). The most unique names come from this part of the Quran, in my opinion. It would be cool to name your daughter after a fountain in jannah -- How awesome!-- and most others will not have that name since it's rare.
I'd love it if others could add to the list. I'd like to compile a long list of names some day and pass them out to friends that are pregnant.

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