Zahid Hussain, an IT professional from Pakistan has developed a search engine/directory software for the Holy Quran, which can display topic based results from Holy Quran.
It’s not that search engine for Holy Quran were not available before, but special feature that Zahid Hussain brought is that you can search for any topic or subject in the Holy Quran in four languages
- Urdu and
- Roman Urdu).
Earlier versions of Search Engine for Holy Quran (easily available online) support mainly the English and Arabic languages.
Roman Urdu is what most of us use in normal text messages so the effort to make the Quran more accessible is commendable.
The way it works is that suppose you want to know what the Quran says about a particular topic, say “صبر”. You can either type it in Urdu, type “Patience” in English or “Sabar” in Roman Urdu.
The software will then tell you how many times it appears in the Quran and where it appears. All translations are provided along with the original ayat.
Zahid completed this software after working on it for one and a half years and is providing it free of cost. You can donate for his efforts and help with future projects; his homepage provides details for that.
Other projects he’s currently working on and plans to release are Search Hadees Engine, Search Tafseer-e-Quran, Search Quran-o-Hadees website and Search Quran-o-Hadees Mobile software.
He maintains a blog which can be found at: http://honestzahid.blog.com/
The software itself can be downloaded from: http://www.mediafire.com/?3qtx6v93f6rc9sf
He has also appeared on multiple television channels to promote the software and here’s a clip of him talking about the software on the “Aaj Kamran ke sath” show.