Long-time ago most especially during the period Islam was still been practiced by a few. There has been an endangering problem of keeping those who memorised the Qur'an alive. Then, people do not have access to the Holy Quran which was revealed by Allah to his Prophet in one full package. Not until after his death that some of his companions thought of preserving the great book by making a compilation.
At first, some antagonized this tradition because to them it's a form of innovation that should not be established. In the long run, it was adopted. It was this development that then gave birth to the Uthmanic edition of the Quran. Furthermore, some years down the line there have been some form of innovations introduced by emerging scholars all in a bit to aid the understanding of the Holy Quran. An example of such is in translating it into various indigenous languages.
However, one of such initiatives was the introduction of the QURANOPEDIA by the DN TEAM. This project is one of the numerous dawah initiatives from The Edawah Foundation, an NGO formed to expand the frontiers of IT awareness of Muslims and championing dawah activities in Nigeria and beyond through application of world-class IT practices.
The aim of this project is to bring the Qur'an closer to an average Muslim. In this 1st phase of the project, the goal is to bring as many supporting resources as possible to enable Muslims understand the verses of the Qur'an beyond the superficial level. On an ayah by ayah basis, the following information facets are creatively displayed on the same page for easy comprehension.
1. Structural Similarity (Mutashaabihaat): Display of the verses that have similar word structure to the verse being currently viewed. Great resource to Quran memorizers and any inquisitive mind.
Example: for Q1v1 = Q1v3, Q2v163, Q27v30, Q41v2, Q59v22, Q6v1, Q18v1, Q34v1, Q35v1
2. Semantic Similarity: Display of verses that are similar in meaning (theme) to the verse currently viewed. Great resource to those who want "feel the flow" of Allaah's speech.
Example: for Q1v1 = Q1v2, Q1v3, Q1v4, Q3v1, Q3v2, Q4v78, Q6v3, Q6v14, Q7v180, Q9v128, Q11v41, Q13v28, Q14v1, Q14v2, Q16v58, Q17v110, Q18v38, Q19v65, Q20v5 . . .
3. Tafseer (English and Arabic): This displays the tafseer of the verse currently viewed. English version is from the popular tafseer book by Ibn Katheer while the the arabic tafseer is gotten from the tafseer books of ibn Katheer, Jalalain and Qurtubi.
4. I'raab: This is one of the most important concepts in Arabic grammar. Imagine a word-by-word grammatical analysis of the Qur'an. Hello students of knowledge!
5. Sababun-Nuzuul: This displays the contexts and occasions of the revelation of the verse being currently viewed.
6. Index: A VERY elaborate and comprehensive index of the Glorious Qur'an. Each ayah is tagged and the tags are displayed when that ayah is being viewed. Example: Q1v5 => Anger, Blessing, Path of Allah.
Anger = Q1v5-7, Q2v61, Q2v90, Q3v112, Q3v160, Q4v93, Q5v60, Q5v80 . . .
7. Qur'an Transliteration
8. Qur'an Translation: 3 prominent English translations, Hausa and Yoruba translations
Extensive research was carried out to source for data for this project. We acknowledge the following sources:
An Index to the Qur'an by Adnan Oktar
I’rab al-Qur’an al-Karim by Shaykh Muhyi ‘l-Din Darwish
Finally, We believe by doing this we are gradually briding an ummah that is not dumbfounded of fallacy but one who has a detailed piece of information about the deen.