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Sabily Badr 11.04 Unity desktop
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Source modelOpen source
Latest release11.10 (Uhud) / December 19, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-12-19)
Available inMultilingual (more than 55)[1]
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg
Platformsx86 (32 bits) and x86-64 (64 bits)[2]
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
LicenseGNU GPL and others
Official websitewww.sabily.org

Sabily (Arabic: سبيلي, IPA: [sæˈbiːliː], My Way) is a discontinued Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, designed by and with the intent to be used by followers of Islam.[3] Originally named Ubuntu Muslim Edition (presented as UbuntuME), development for Sabily was active from 2007 to 2011.

Sabily was designed for Muslim users to have out-of-the-box Arabic language support and Islamic software and tools installed, including a prayer times tool, a Qur'an study tool, Hijri calendar, etc.

The Unity shell is based on GNOME 3 on Sabily 11.10, Unity 2D for graphic cards without 3D capabilities. The Unity shell became available on the Sabily 11.04 Badr DVD. Ubuntu Classic Desktop was the default desktop in Sabily (11.04), but Unity in Ubuntu 11.04. The full version of Sabily comes with out-of-the-box educational software, and codecs for most commonly used media formats.[3][4]

Release History[edit]

Sabily followed the release schedule of Ubuntu. After Ubuntu 9.04, its name was changed from UbuntuME, to Sabily.

  • UbuntuME 7.04 released 12 October 2007
  • UbuntuME 7.10 released 2 December 2007
  • UbuntuME 8.04 released 17 May 2008
  • UbuntuME 8.04.1 released 22 July 2008
  • Sabily 9.04 Taibah released 12 May 2009
  • Sabily 9.10 Gaza released 27 December 2009
  • Sabily 10.04 Manarat released 28 June 2010
  • Sabily 11.04 Badr released 5 May 2011
  • Sabily 11.10 Uhud released 19 December 2011

Versions available[edit]

There are currently[as of?] three versions of Sabily, but there is no official host at the moment.

  • Small version (967.96 MB), contains the main Sabily packages, including artwork and Islamic applications and Arabic support.
  • Full version (1.55 GB), contains the same as the Small version plus multimedia, educational and miscellaneous packages.[5]
  • Ultimate version (3.3 GB), has the same content as the Full version, plus Qur'an offline recitations provided by Muhammad Siddeeq al-Minshawi, Huzify, Saad al-Ghamadi and Mishary Rashed Alafasy.

The Ultimate version is useful mainly when not connected to the Internet, yet all Sabily versions provide online Qur'an recitations.

Sabily is available as a Live DVD, which can be booted on the host computer without installation. The Wisabi installer can install Sabily to the hard disk within Microsoft Windows, without involving risky formatting or partitioning.

Additional software[edit]

As compared to Ubuntu:

  • zekr: Qur'anic Study Tool[6]
  • minbar: Islamic prayer times application
  • monajat: application that pops up prayers at predetermined times
  • Firefox-praytimes: Firefox extension that displays Islamic daily prayer times
  • webstrict: UI frontend to DansGuardian (web content filtering tool)
  • nanny: the GNOME Nanny parental-control system
  • thwab: Electronic Encyclopedia System
  • hijra: Islamic calendar
  • mus-haf Othman: Othman Qur'an Browser
  • noor: Qur'an viewer
  • fsool: abbreviated chapters in the Messenger vita
  • rejaal: Men around the prophet

Arabic support[edit]

  • language-pack-ar: translations for language Arabic
  • language-pack-gnome-ar: GNOME translations for language Arabic
  • mozilla-Firefox-locale-ar: Mozilla Firefox Arabic language/region package
  • aspell-ar: Arabic dictionary for aspell
  • acon: Text console arabization
  • bicon: Console that supports bidirectional text display
  • Arab eyes qamoos: Arabic-English dictionary
  • fonts-hosny-amiri: Arabic Naskh style typographically oriented font (Amiri is a classical Arabic typeface in Naskh style for typesetting books and other running text)[7][8]

Sabily software[edit]

Zekr is an open platform Quran study tool for browsing and researching on the Quran. Recitations and translations are available for download.

Small version DVD available online recitations:

  • Abdulbasit Abdussamad (64 kbit/s)
  • Mishary bin Rashid Al-Afasy (128 kbit/s)
  • Saad Al-Ghamdi (40 kbit/s)
  • Mohammed Siddiq Al-Minshawi (16 kbit/s)
  • Maher Al-Muaiqly (128 kbit/s)
  • Abu Bakr Ash-Shatri (128 kbit/s)
  • Saud Al-Shuraim (128 kbit/s)
  • Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais (192 kbit/s)

Minbar indicates the time when Muslims should pray. It runs in background as a tray icon and plays the athan (call to prayer) at prayer times. Minbar works with the main calculation methods, such as Muslim League (default), Shafii, and Hanafi.[9] Muslims observe salat five times a day, and Minbar helps to remind the user of daily prayer times.[10]

Developer(s)Sabily Team
Initial release2011-09-11 (v2.6.1-3)
Operating systemLinux, Windows

Monajat is an application for Linux and Windows that displays Azkar messages. It runs in the background as a tray icon and displays hadiths. The application is an application provided by the Sabily community.[11]

Zakat Calc
Developer(s)Maui Sabily, Sabily Team
Initial releaseMay 7, 2011; 13 years ago (2011-05-07)
Written inGambas
Operating systemLinux, Windows
Available inMalay, Indonesian, English, Arabic, Italian

Zakat Calc is an application for Linux. Zakat, or almsgiving, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is the giving of 2.5% of one's possessions (surplus wealth) to charity, generally to the poor and needy. Zakat Calc helps Muslims to calculate zakat types: gold, silver, stones, jewels, savings in bank, property, loans, business, firms, animals (2.5%) and agriculture (10%). It was created using the Gambas programming language and it runs on Linux.

Gnome Nanny (parental control) is an easy way to control how long users or children can be on the computer and what they can and cannot access browsing the web.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GNOME Languages". l10n.gnome.org.
  2. ^ Sabily downloads
  3. ^ a b www.sabily.org/website
  4. ^ Sabily content
  5. ^ "Sabily content". Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  6. ^ William von Hagen (13 May 2010). Ubuntu Linux Bible: Featuring Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. John Wiley & Sons. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-470-88180-4.
  7. ^ "Sabily 11.10 released!". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Debian -- Details of package font-hosny-amiri in sid". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Debian -- Error". packages.debian.org.
  10. ^ "Islamic Prayer Timings". Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  11. ^ "Monajat in Launchpad". Launchpad. 7 April 2008.
  12. ^ Roberto Majadas; Cesar Garcia; Luis de Bethencourt (11 June 2011). "What is Gnome Nanny?". Retrieved 12 June 2011.

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