Qur’an Explorer website

Masha’Allah, Qur’an Explorer is a really wonderful tool if you want to brush up on your Qur’an reading. See the Qur’an Explorer website for further details, but in short you can read the Qur’an accompanied by a choice of 6 famous qaris and view highlighted text. There are two types of Arabic fonts, a standard Usmani font and an Indo-Pak font. You also have a choice of reading it with a choice of well known translations or you can switch it off. Many other features are listed on the website. This is really one of those sites that is an essential for every online Muslim.

NOTE: can’t seem to get the fonts working in Firefox, works ok in IE.

If you find this useful, consider donating to the project as well!

BBC R4: Woman’s Hour – Female Scribes

The wonderful Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 today had a programme about Female religious calligraphers and featured two ladies, one Muslim the other Jewish. The Muslim lady is Soraya Syed Sanders, daughter-in-law of? the Shaykh of photography, Peter Abdal-Adheem Sanders. Soraya currently has an exhibition of her work at Asia House,? Cavendish Street, London until 19 September. The exhibition is entitled ?Letters Embracing?, you can see Soraya’s wonderful work at her website The Art of the Pen.

From the Woman’s Hour website:

Women calligraphers and religious texts

When it comes to holy writ, in both Islam and Judaism, it?s not only what is said in the holy books that is important, but also the form and look of the letters on the page. In both religions, the art of calligraphy has traditionally been a male preserve, but there are women who express their artistic talents and their faith by producing work of great beauty. Soraya Syed Sanders is a leading practitioner of the art of Islamic penmanship and Canadian-born Avielah Barclay is unique in being a certified woman Hebrew scribe. Both now live in London and work from home and when they came together to compare notes, Judi Herman went to join them.

You can visit the Woman’s Hour webpage and listen to the interview again through the websites “Listen Again” feature.

Air Fuel Surcharge Refund

See http://www.moneywise.co.uk/news-views/2008/02/25/how-to-reclaim-illegal-fuel-surcharges for a report on this issue and go to the site https://www.airpassengerrefund.co.uk/ for details on how to claim.

The refund applies to tickets on ?long-haul? flights. The purchase must have been made in the United States or in the United Kingdom. Long-haul flights include all Virgin Atlantic flights and most British Airways flights between the U.K. and non-E.U. destinations, including flights to and from the United States. A complete list of qualifying flights on British Airways can be found by clicking the tab to the left entitled Important Documents and clicking the List of Qualifying Long-Haul British Airways Flights. All Flights on Virgin Atlantic qualify as long-haul flights.

IF YOU BOUGHT A TICKET ON BRITISH AIRWAYS OR VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS IN THE U.S. OR IN THE U.K. BETWEEN 11 AUGUST 2004 AND 23 MARCH 2006, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO A PARTIAL REFUND OF THE FUEL SURCHARGE.