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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quran/Arabic programs

Update: all in this post now linked with buttons at bottom of page.

Many moons ago, I introduced here a standalone pacakage (beta version) by "Taha Zarrouqi". It was the beta version of Arabic Verb Conjugator "qutrub". I spoke highly of it, although there are a few things that I would like Taha to attend to in the next version. Download link is near end of page:

Another Arab developer (Assem) has released  a standalone Quran Search Engine, called "alfanous". It is also a beta version. I have only just started using it, but expect to find it useful, too. The example phrase in this package: "الحمد لله" returned 22 finds, while the online search engine gave 21, the site gives 26, and the standalone program "Quran with Tafseer" gives 23 results.

This does not mean that searchtruth always finds more than or equal to other search engines. I have not yet started thinking and researching the reasons for these discrepancies.

search for "رسول الله" gives 17 results here, Tanzil finds 17, searchtruth also 17, QWT also 17. One has to enclose the search phrase in quotes for an exact search in all these except QWT. Note the use of quote symbols.

Maybe this discrepancy is due to not using quotes " " for the first search "الحمد لله"

That brings me to "Quran with Tafseer 1.0". I talked about it, but I will more info here. This is also a standalone program. with many features:

• Arabic text of Quran: * Uthmani text as in Madina Mushaf * Simple text.
• Urdu Translation: * Jalandhri * Mahmoodul Hasan * Jonagarhi.
• Urdu Tafseer: * Tafseer Ibn-e-Kaseer * Tafseere Usmani * Tafseere Salahudin * Tafseere Ateeq.
• English Translation: * Justice Taqi Usmani * Abdullah Yousuf Ali.
• English Tafseer: English translation of Tafseer Ibn-e-Kaseer.
• Subjects of Quran Para wise from Tafseer-e-Usmani.
• Para wise Tafseer-e-Ateeq .
• Tafseer with show/hide text.
• Search in Quran, Translations and Tafseer text with active marker 'highlight text' display.
• Builtin Urdu and Arabic virtual keyboards.
• Different View modes (Para, Sura, Fixed Aya, Tafseer).
• Fonts changing of Arabic, Urdu and English text.
• Internet Explorer style Favourites for Ayas.
• View styles of reading text from Right to Left (Urdu) and Left to Right (English).
• Changing of Different Color Themes at run time.
• Print Preview/ Copy text to other applications.
• Quick search: jump to any (sura:aya) quickly.
• Sura and Para Details: Sura No, Name, Revelation, Place, Para name, No.
• No need to install Urdu/Arabic language support.
• Sajda Ayas: Jump directly to Sajda Ayas.
• Highlighting Sura as makki or madni.

All in all, a very good package that does not need a net connection.

To download qutrub, go to this link:

For alFanous:


and for Quran with Tafseer 1.0:


On this blog's page, the link for Qutrub appears near the end of page, but the others have not been linked to yet. Have patience.