NOOR Research Centre: Introduction

  Allah (Sobahnho - Wa - Taala) has honored us with many blessings. He has sent us the Holy Quran and has reserved an immense reward for those who exert time and effort in reciting, learning, teaching, memorizing and contemplating the Holy Quran. Allah has promised to protect the Quran as stated in the verse: Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption) , [Al-Hijr, 9].
Evidence of the preservation of this blessing can be found from the time of the rightly-guided Caliphs, where portions of the Quran were gathered and collected into a complete text, and distributed to remote locations worldwide. Over the centuries various writing methodologies were developed which had a consequent impact on the widespread distribution of the Holy Quran. For instance, when automatic press was deployed, the number of Quran texts with quality presentation had increased significantly. One such case is evidenced by the printing of the Holy Quran by the King Fahd Quran Complex.

  Nowadays, information and communication technologies (ICT) have evolved dramatically to become a key factor in every aspect of everyday life. One particular area of interest relates to the use of ICT for the Holy Quran. Significantly, the use of ICT has enabled the use of multimedia for teaching the Holy Quran to beginners from children and other individuals through distribution on CDs, DVDs and other electronic and communications devices. For instance, the Internet has many Islamic sites, some of which are specialized in the Holy Quran. Furthermore, numerous companies are thriving in the production and sales of devices tailored for teaching the Holy Quran.

  It is acknowledged, however, that there are risks associated with the use of such technologies. For instance, Quran-related products and websites are commonly associated with either of two types of errors, namely, accidental or deliberate errors. One of the reasons behind such errors is the absence of clear and approved mechanisms that enables specialist researchers from the areas of both IT and Quranic studies, to work as an integrated team.
Henceforth emerged the vision of the "NOOR" research centre to become a trusted international reference in the field of utilizing IT for serving the Holy Quran.

  The NOOR research centre therefore strives to achieves its objectives which includes:

 
  • Establishment of a research infrastructure that enables the integration of specialists’ skills and knowledge from the fields of both Quran and IT at different levels, spanning from Taibah University itself, to a regional, national and international level that includes universities, colleges, research centres and companies from the public and private sectors.
  • Furthermore, the NOOR research centre endeavours to provide support for research, consultation, and other scientific activities that harmonize and align with NOOR's vision, and finally,
  • Develop high quality standards that can be used to evaluate and accredit all Quran-related ICT products.