Tajweed & Recitation Resources:
The Alphabet Book is an online Quranic “talking book.” This tool will help you practice the Arabic alphabet, the application of accents, and the construction of words. [via Wisam Sharieff]
Recite Quran: This website offers a variety of tools to help you learn the book of Allah including word by word translation and audio recordings of the pronunciation of the Quranic words. [via Wisam Sharieff]
Quranic Vocabulary: 80% of the words in the Quran – This website is a great tool to help you learn and understand Quranic vocabulary through a fun and easy flash card game. [via Wisam Sharieff]
Arabic Letters: Follow along as Ustadh Wisam Sharieff walks you through the pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet. [via AQL videos]
Translations of the Quran (English)
The Quran Project Edited by A. B. Mehri | Download PDF (9.6 MB) | Order | Android | iOS
All-English Sahih International translation of the Quran, with Surah introductions and appendices (Scientific miracles of the Quran and Introduction to the study of the Quran.
Works of Tafseer (English)
Tafseer of Ibn Kathir (10 volume set) | Amazon
Ibn Kathir Abridged (30th Juz’) Darussalam Amazon
The 30th part of Tafsir Ibn Kathir is brief in form but comprehensive in interpretation. The meanings of the Qur’an have been interpreted by the Qur’an itself or by the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) and are explained with the thoughts and commentary of the Salaf Saliheen.
Tafsir As-Sa’adi (28, 29 & 30th Juz’) by Sh. Abdurrahman As-Sa’adi | Amazon
A straightforward, easy to read, easy to understand, explanation of the Quran. This Tafseer provides an uncomplicated, deep and insightful interpretation of the Quran in easy language without mentioning the various Prophetic sayings or scholarly commentary.
Tafsir Al-Jalalayn by Jalaluddin Al-Mahalli & Jalaluddin As-Suyuti
Hardcover | Amazon
English Version Translated by Feras Hamza | Download PDF (3.1 MB)
Sciences of the Quran (English)
Introduction to the Principles of Tafsir by Sh. Ibn Al-Uthaymin | Amazon
Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah’s Introduction to the Principles of Tafsir, explained by Sh. Ibn Al-Uthaymin. The Qur’an is the greatest miracle for mankind, yet how many of us truly understand its beautiful message and the sciences that surround it? This book is one of the many written on this topic.
‘Ulum Al-Quran: Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an by Ahmad Von Denffer | Amazon
This classic and popular introduction to the sciences developed to interpret and understand Islam’s holy book is ideal for all serious students of the Quran. Precise, yet comprehensive, it covers the traditional disciplines, including the meaning and contexts of revelation, the history and transmission of the text, and exegesis, as well as more contemporary topics like the recording of the Quran, the history of Orientalist approaches, and a survey of translations. It ends with a guide for the correct recitation of, and etiquette toward, the Quran.
An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan by Dr. Yasir Qadhi | Amazon
An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan presents a detailed and through explanation of the sciences related to the history, understanding and implementation of the Qur’aan. The book provides the English reader with a detailed analysis of classic Muslim scholarship regarding: the process of Inspiration (wahy); the various means of classifying verses of the Qur’aan; the history of the compilation of the Qur’aan; the meaning of the seven ahruf and the ten qira’aat of the Qur’aan; the miraculous nature of the Qur’aan; the concept of abrogation in the Qur’aan; the procedure and methodology of tafseer; and many other topics.
Usool At-Tafseer: The Methodology of Quranic Interpretation by Dr. Bilal Philips | Amazon
This book refers to the branches of knowledge which are necessary to provide an accurate interpretation of the Qur’anic texts, such as Arabic grammar and syntax, Arabic literature and Qur’anic sciences (‘uloom al-Qur’aan). Addressed topics include the Tafseer of the Qur’an, books of tafseer, translations of the Qur’an, Wahy (‘divine revelation’), reasons for revelation, the differences between Makkan and Madinan revelations, Naskh, the Muhkam and Mutashaabih, and more. This Book contained some significant material not found in other works in English such as Ahmad Von Denffer’s work.
How to Approach & Understand the Qur’an by Jamaal Al-Din Zarabozo | Amazon
This book is the first real attempt to provide readers of the Quran tools with which to try and understand Islam’s Holy book. It provides a brief framework of history, a methodology and an impassioned conclusion relating the importance of Muslims returning to, reading and acting upon Quranic teachings.
Quranic Keywords (paperback) by Abdur Rashid Siddiqui | Amazon
This book provides a concise and authoritative guide to over 140 keywords in the Qur’an. The full meanings of each keyword are given, with Qur’anic citations, and discussion of allied and related terms to be found in the Holy Book. This is an ideal guide for students of the Qur’an at both beginner and intermediate levels, with helpful indexes of Arabic and English terms. It should be on the bookshelf of all those interested in understanding the Qur’an through its main concepts.
APPS & WEBSITES
The Noble Qur’an | www.quran.com
Beautifully designed site, with multiple English translations, including Sahih International. Also has reciters, as well as word-for-word translation, hover over the Arabic words in the ayat to show their English meaning. Smart URL’s so you can type in quran.com/surah number/the ayah number, and it takes you right to that ayah. No endless scrolling and loading needed.
Quran Explorer | http://read.quranexplorer.com
Versatile web, android and iOS application with Tajweed colors, reciters, repetition, bookmarks as well as Surah & Juz’ index.
Quran for Android | Google Play
Simple well-made app, with the Madani Mushaf page layout and it includes reciters, repetition, and Sahih International English for download. This app has the smartest table of contents I’ve seen in a Quran app: with Juz and surah as well as rub’ and hizb listings. It allows multiple bookmarks and you can tag ayahs for future reference or research. It also includes one of the most comprehensive offerings of Arabic Tafaseer including At-Tabari, As-Sa’adi, Ibn Kathir and Ibn A’ashur’s At-Tahrir wa At-Tanweer; among others.
Ayah – A Quran reading app | Google Play
Crisp and clear text of the Quran in the original Uthmani font and a clean, distraction-free interface. You can swipe down to search the entire Quran with instant results. Meticulously Crafted Themes: Light, Sepia and Dark. It allows you to take notes, so you can hold on to your thoughts and reflections while reading the Quran.
Quran Tafsir Pro | Google Play
- Full Quran Text Rendering / Display with many different adjustable options
- Verse indexed Tafsir Ibn Kathir in English with embedded Arabic
- Surah introductions
- Word by Word Rendering, Root Information, Translation, and Word Details
- Word Meaning Test Feature
- 67 Different Translations of the Quran
Al-Quran Al-Kareem | Google Play | iOS
Stunning to look at (especially night mode), same page layout as Madani Mushaf (useful for memorization). Ideal for Arabic speakers, not great for English translation, and the menus are in Arabic. Also has reciters, repeat, multiple Arabic Tafasir (Commentaries) are available for download, it has color-coded bookmarks and ayah. word, page search.
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