International organization issues warning against ‘distorted’ Quranic apps

Published December 4th, 2016 - 09:54 GMT
The memorization of the Quran is highly respected (Wikimedia Commons)
The memorization of the Quran is highly respected (Wikimedia Commons)

In the modern world of smartphones and computers, even the most traditional practices are getting tech-savvy. Hundreds of applications and websites have made available the verses of the Qur’an in a searchable and accessible form.

However, an international Quranic organization has issued a warning about the prevalence of apps showing altered and misinterpreted versions of the Islamic holy text.

The Saudi-based International Organization for the Memorization of the Qur’an has produced a list of “distorted” apps to avoid - and legitimate ones to get downloading.

The organization said in a statement, reported by Anadolu, that it "has received, in recent times, dozens of messages [...] complaining of errors and distortions in some verses of the Quran on websites and Quranic applications"

In some of the applications, including “al-Qur’an” produced by A.S.H al-yahoudi, “al-Qur’an al-Kareem” and “Quran 360”, letters, words or even pages were missing, producing erroneous and misleading meanings.

The organization, which is attached to the Muslim World League, stressed caution in the use of the internet for the study of the holy book. They called upon "Muslims to be thorough and cautious with regard to these programs and applications, which come from anonymous sources, and [to make sure they are drawn] from well-known and reliable Quranic figures".

It added that “it is also the responsibility of technical companies and institutions specialized in this area that they ensure the careful review of websites' and applications' Quranic contents by committees specializing on the Holy Quran."

Are all applications bad, then? Well, the organization recommended a number of websites and applications, including: “The Qur’an of the City of the Prophet”; “The Electronic Qur’an Project of the King Sa’ud University” and “Qur’an Flash”.

If you’re looking for English translations, they say try the “Bayaan al-Quran” app.

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