This research group aims to address the issue of preserving the authenticity of quran and hadith in the digital realm. It is a collaboration between researchers from multiple faculties in University of Malaya, including University of Malaya’s Academy of Islamic Studies , Academy of Malay Studies and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology. The list of external collaborators includes Department of Islamic Development Malaysia and Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
The holy Quran and Hadith are the two main sources for Muslims to guiding their life. Allah sent the holy Quran, as the absolute revelation from Him to all human beings. Hadith a collection of traditions (i.e. meaning a report of the deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna). More than a billion of Muslims used the Quran, as the first criterion to guide and unite them in order to live in peace. The holy Quran explains what is right and wrong and distinct between truth and falsehood. It is intolerable to even do the slightest modifications to the content of the holy Quran. With the advancement of technology, people have now not only used the physical Quran (i.e. Mushaf) but also the digital Quran on the websites or phone applications which are easily accessible.
Unfortunately, little attention has been given to determine and classify the authenticity of these digital Quran applications. Such ignorance has led to other serious problems – distributions of illegal or distorted digital copies/applications of the holy Quran worldwide. Hence it is a challenge to identify who actually holds the valid copy of the holy Quran, or whether one digital copy is tampered or not. In fact, previous literature has shown that most of people were not aware of the distribution of fake copies of Quran online. Majority of them have raised the importance of having a central Islamic body to control and determine the authenticity of the holy Quran. We therefore, propose to develop and evaluate the Quran authentication system. The aims are to provide reliable and intuitive system to assist both the central body and end users to assess the authenticity of the digital Quran applications, before using them. It can be used as a tool/mechanism to improve the digital Quran publishing laws and users’ confidence towards digital Quran applications.