In a bid to combat the growing influence of online content, several major Islamic schools are partnering with Apple to bring the Qurans Quran and Hadith books online in Arabic.
“We believe this will open up a new age of education for Muslims, as they are now able to access the texts and resources that they need on their smartphones and tablets,” says Omar Mughrabi, CEO of the Islamic Foundation for Education, Technology and Communications, or IFIC.
The new platforms are available to all schools that have access to the Apple App Store.
“The platforms are a great opportunity to help teachers and students learn and develop their Qur’anic knowledge on their own,” he adds.
Quran is the seventh and most comprehensive of the Quran’s six major works.
Its contents have become a focus of debate and controversy for years.
“Quran has become one of the most controversial and debated books in the history of Islam,” says Al Jazeera’s Jamila Fadnavis.
“It is the first book that is completely translated into a new language, and yet its authenticity has remained disputed.”
In the last two decades, the book has been a lightning rod for controversy.
Its translation into a second language is a crucial step in its understanding, but its authenticity remains contested.
The Quran, originally written in Arabic and known as the Koran, is considered the first work of Islam and the word “Allah” in Arabic means “god”.
The Koran contains more than 2,000 hadiths, or statements of Islamic law.
In Arabic, hadiths are called “Sunna” and they are considered to be the authoritative source for the Islamic faith.
Some scholars argue that the Quran has no explicit revelation from God.
Many of the hadiths have been corrupted by modern interpretations, including the use of “kafir” – non-Muslims who have rejected Islam and are considered heretics.
Quraish, or the Book of Allah, has a much longer and more detailed history, dating back more than 1,500 years.
Its influence and meaning in Islam has spread across the globe.
Its impact is profound, says Fadnsavis.
Its relevance has never been clearer.
“When the Quranic is translated into Arabic, we are not only learning from the original text but also from the wisdom and insight of the Arabic writers, historians and commentators.
And it is through this knowledge that we are able to see and understand more about the world that we live in today,” she says.
Apple is making it easier to access both of these resources on the platforms.
The company announced earlier this month that it would soon start distributing its Quran books to schools across the United States.
In addition to the two Quran books, the company will soon release the Hadith book in Arabic, with a different language and a new subtitle.
In a statement, Apple said: “This partnership will help our schools connect students to the Quran in a way they never have before.
Our goal is to help schools and teachers learn more about Islam and to build the skills that will enable them to effectively deliver the lessons that the Qurayzaan has to teach.”
In 2016, Apple partnered with the Islamic Institute of New York to bring its Quran apps to the New York Public Library.
The apps, which are free, are available for free to students at schools across New York City, and students can download them by paying $2.99 per month.
Apple’s efforts to bring these resources online comes at a time when the internet is undergoing a revolution, as more people turn to apps for learning, social media and more.
In the US, a growing number of schools are beginning to turn to the iPad, the iPad Pro and the iPhone to bring in a more mainstream audience.
However, the platforms will not be able to bring all the content that the books bring to life, and this is a major challenge for teachers.
Fadnaisays that the apps could be used by teachers to provide students with the resources that are essential to their education.
“As more and more students learn the Quraysh texts, it is important that teachers have access and can access the information and texts that are required for them to know and understand their subject matter in a timely and accurate manner,” she adds.