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About

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. His whole life has been exemplified by his goal of seeking and conveying Islamic knowledge in order to “Change the Muslim Nation through Islamic Education.”

In preparation for this goal, he first acquired a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines at the Islamic University of Medina (1979), then an M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic theology) from King Saud University in Riyadh (1985), and finally a PhD in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales (1994). Interestingly enough, his PhD thesis was on “The Exorcist Tradition in Islam.”

After graduation from the University of Medina, Dr. Bilal spent ten years teaching Islamic studies in an Islamic high school in Riyadh, and another ten years lecturing in Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, UAE.

In 1994 he founded the first Islamic Information Center in Dubai. He has served as the head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University-Ajman, UAE; lecturer and director of the Da’wah and Education at Qatar Guest Center, Doha, Qatar; founder and head of the English medium Islamic studies department of Knowledge International University, Riyadh; founder and head of the College of Da’wah and Islamic Culture (English Section) at Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan; founder and head of Preston International University College in Chennai, India; and founder and Dean of the Islamic Studies Academy in Doha, Qatar.

But perhaps his greatest achievement, and the one for which he was listed in the Jordanian publication “The 500 Most Influential Muslims” is the historic founding of the Islamic Online University (IOU) which by the end of 2013 had over 150,000 students registered from 219 countries in the world, making IOU the number one university in the world with respect to the diversity of its student body. Unlike the other educational programs he has founded and overseen over the years, IOU makes it possible for any person from any location in the world to receive an Islamic education absolutely free or degree in Islamic Studies and other fields tuition-free.

IOU was launched in 2007 with a free diploma program in Islamic Studies and introduced its fully accredited tuition-free Bachelor’s program (BAIS) in 2010. New IOU departments were introduced in the beginning of 2014 and plans are currently being made for a Master’s program (MAIS) to be launched later in 2014. Dr. Bilal has served as IOU’s chancellor from the beginning.

Dr. Bilal Philips has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics and he has also edited and published the 56-book Eemaan English Reading Series for children and Muslim schools. Dr. Philips has also presented Islamic programs for a number of years on Riyadh Channel 2TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, UK, and the Deen Show, Chicago, USA and GuideUS TV, from Washington USA.

Currently (2014), Dr. Bilal is the imaam and khateeb at Abu Hurairah Center where he teaches 5 free university-level classes weekly and counsels Muslim families two days per week.

 

Publications

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  • The Devil’s Deception

    The Devil’s Deception

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    An edited translation of Ibn al-Jawzee’s classical work Talbees Iblees. An authoritative book containing a wealth of information on the beginnings of some of the sects of Islam, in light of the Quran and Sunnah.

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  • Essay on The Jinn

    Essay on The Jinn

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    Written by Ibn Taymeeyahs Translated and edite by Dr. Bilal Philips This intriguing subject has been based on the Quran and Sunnah, with the translator providing an appendix consisting of a recent article written on the subject of spirit-possession and exorcism by one the leading scholars of Saudi Arabia. An interesting and informative read. While browsing through some material which Dr. Bilal I had gathered for his doctorate on Exorcism in Islam, he first came across the treatise, “Eedaah ad-Dalaalah fee ‘Umoom ar-Risaalah”, in volume 19 or Majmoo‘al-Fataawaa by Ibn Taymeeyah and contemplated translating it. Some months later, during his field research in Cairo, he came across the same treatise in booklet form edited by Muhammad Shaakir ash-Shareef along with Ibn Taymeeyah’s commentary on the Hadeeth: “Islam began in a strange way.” After reading the treatise and realizing that he would have to translate much of it for his thesis, he decided to further edit it and translate it along with some inclusions from volume 35 or Majmoo‘al-Fataawaa and Ibn Taymeeyah’s classic, al-Furqaan Bayna Awliyaa ar-Rahmaan wa Awliyaa ash-Shaytaan which were in the footnotes of Muhammad Shakir’s edition.The significance of this translation lies in the fact that it is, as far as he knows at the time of writing the book, the first book available in English exclusively on the topic of spirit-possession and exorcism in Islam, the subject of his doctoral thesis registered at the University of Wales in Britain. Ibn Taymeeyah’s treatise provides a very clear, concise and authentic view of this intriguing subject based on the Quran, the Sunnah, the interpretation and experience of the Sahaabah (companions of the Prophet (pbuh), and that of the early scholars of Islam.It should be noted that Dr. Bilal have purposely avoided a “literal translation” of the text, preferring instead an English rendition. Consequently, words or phrases included so that the text flows in English have not been bracketed. He has also taken the liberty to delete side issues vaguely related to the topic and combine repeated ideas in places where the same idea has been developed twice but to different degrees. This he has found necessary to maintain the author’s flow of thought on the main topic and keep the text readable for the layman.Lest it be thought that the ideas expressed by Ibn Taymeeyah were merely quaint opinions of the 14th century and times prior. He has added recent article written on the subject of spirit-possession and exorcism by one of the leading scholars of Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, confirming Ibn Taymeeyahs’ views as both orthodox and relevant.Dr. Bilal also wishes to acknowledge contribution made by brother Iftikhar Mackeen for his tireless efforts in typing and retyping the manuscript as well as for his help in locating English references for the numerous Prophetic traditions mentioned in the text and footnotes. It is hoped that this book will help to dispel some of the doubts and confusion in the minds of both Muslims and non-Muslims around this vital topic as it is authentically perceived in Islam.

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  • Riyaa – The Hidden Shrik

    Riyaa – The Hidden Shrik

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    Good deeds must be done for the sake of Allah alone for them to be acceptable. Riyaa is one of the factors which would convert righteous deeds into evil deeds and its subtleness makes it among the most dangerous and difficult to diagnose.

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  • A Simple Call To One God

    A Simple Call To One God

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    Presents the essence of Islamic thought on the unique oneness of God from a variety of aspects in simple language. It is the summation of a series of lectures between Dr. Azra and a classmate who eventually accepted Islam. Presents the essence of Islamic thought on the unique oneness of God from a variety of aspects in simple language. It is the summation of a series of lectures between Dr. Azra and a classmate who eventually accepted Islam

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  • The Clash of Civilisations

    The Clash of Civilisations

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    In a time when Muslims in the West live in an environment of turmoil and difficulty facing new challenges daily, they encounter a cultural dilemma, a clash of the Islamic and Western civilisations. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to know the foundations of these cultures, the differences between them as well as understanding Islam correctly taken from its pure sources. In this book, the author highlights these aspects of the two cultures whilst also giving a detailed explanation of the core beliefs of Islam.

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  • The Moral Foundation of Islamic Culture

    The Moral Foundation of Islamic Culture

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    It is important to understand Islam from a cultural point of view because the basis of much of the current turmoil within Muslim countries and conflict with their neighbors can be attributed to cultural clashes. Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, West Indies, but grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979 and an M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985 at the University of Riyadh, College of Education. In 1994 he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales. Since 1994 he has founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UEA. In the year 2001, Dr. Bilal established the first accredited Islamic University on the Internet called Islamic Online University (http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com). He was a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University and is currently the head of the Department of Islamic Studies at the Preston University Ajman.

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  • Fiqh of Fasting

    Fiqh of Fasting

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    The prescribed book for the course is Subulus-Salaam by the 17th century Yemenite scholar Muhammad ibn Ismaaeel as-Sanaanee which is a commentary on Buloogh al-Maraam written by Haafiz Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaanee. In Buloogh the author gathered the majority of the hadeeths which are commonly used as the basic evidences for the Islaamic legal system. The course material is comprised of the Chapter on Fasting (Kitaab as-Siyaam) from Subulus-Salaam.

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  • Evolution of Fiqh

    Evolution of Fiqh

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    The origin of Islamic law and its evolution and the four schools of law (math-habs) are discussed in this work along with the reasons for differences among them. This is probably Bilal Philips best-selling work on the various schools of thought in Islam, including detailed facts, insight, and commentary on the four major madhabs as well as other, less-known madhabs in Islam. Includes mini-biographies on various eminent Islamic scholars the Evolution of Fiqh (Islamic Law & the Madh-habs), the author very clearly presents a brief overview of the historical development of Islamic law and its schools (the Madh-Nabs). The book identifies the main reason for the appearance of the Madh-habs and the factors leading to differences among them. For those to whom the Madh-habs have been a mystery, this aspect of the book will he extremely enlightening. Although the author sheds light on both the positive and negative roles of the Madh-habs in the past, the main message of the book is call to the understanding the differences (with an aim to remove them where possible)

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  • Salvation Through Repentance

    Salvation Through Repentance

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    This book clearly and concisely presents the Islamic concept of Tawbah (repentance) and its viewpoint wherein salvation by faith and salvation by deeds are combined in a truly unique manner. A book that is relevant to every Muslim.

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  • Tafsir Surah Al-Buruj

    Tafsir Surah Al-Buruj

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    This is a summary around the compilation of the Quran. The Qur’an Consists of many lessons and parables for people to obtain lessons and draw strength from. Surah Buruj contains one of the most beautiful stories of steadfastness and patience in the face of adversity; a universal lesson applicable to all. A step by step analysis of each verse drawing upon different sources . The author brings out the great relevance of the Quran to our lives and to occurrences/events in the modern world.

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  • The True Message of Jesus Christ

    The True Message of Jesus Christ

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    Published by Dar Al Fatah in 1996 Description An analytic look at Jesus’ person and the content of his message. Examines Christian sources historically and textually and compares them with the Islamic point of view as found in the Quran and Sunnah.

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  • The Mirage in Iran

    The Mirage in Iran

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    This translation of Dr. Ahmad al-Afghani’s book, Sarab fee Iraan, provides the English reader with a concise view of the treacherous role played by the Shiites in Islamic history. It also examines the doctrines of modern Shiite scholars and presents the Islamic ruling passed on Shiites by both early Muslim scholars, as well as contemporary scholars. The need for material which critically analyzes Shiite doctrines continues to be felt by English-speaking Muslims inspite of recent efforts to fill the void. Pro-Sheeah books, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets in which the noble companions of the Prophet (pbuh) are slandered, ‘Alee and some of his descendents deified and Islam distorted, continue to flood Muslim communities throughout the West with little or no written response from Muslim scholars. Consequently, the wave of conversion of Muslims to Shiite thought is steadily increasing to such a degree that Shiite Masjids and centers are actually being founded or built by Shiite converts from mainstream Islam.

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  • The Three Shelters

    The Three Shelters

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    Commentaries on Soorahs al-Ikhlaas, al-Falaq and an-Naas. This Tafseer contains a far greater depth of understanding due to the number of other classical and contemporary commentaries used like al-Qurtubees al-Jaami li Ahkaam al-Quraan, Ibn al-Qayyims Compilations, ash-Shawkaanees Fath al-Qadeer, ash-Shanqeetees Adwaa ul-Bayaan, as-Sadees Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan, and Al Uthaymeen’s Tafseer al-Quraan al-Kareem.

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  • Qadar

    Qadar

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    Qadar is a very sensitive topic. It is the sixth pillar of faith, and many people have gone astray regarding it. Some have denied it altogether while others have gone to such extremes in affirming it that they end up denying human free will

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  • The Purpose of Creation

    The Purpose of Creation

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    Addresses the fundamental question of existence: “Why are we here?” Compares the answers of various scriptures and philosophies and ends with a details discussion of the Islamic answer. The purpose of creation is a topic that puzzles every human being at some point in his or her lifetime. Everybody at some time or another asks themselves the question “Why do I exist?” or “For what purpose am I here on earth?”

    This book contains basic guides for anyone interested in understanding the rights and obligations of males and females in Islamic plural marriage. The guidelines have been drawn from the Quran, Hadith and opinions of Islamic scholars.

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  • Polygamy In Islam

    Polygamy In Islam

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    Polygamy is the Muslim practice most frequently and severely maligned by Westerners and modernist Muslims. This book can be read with profit by all unprejudiced readers who wish to know its justification and rationale.

    One of the greatest contrasts between Islam and the West is their conflicting concepts of relations between the sexes. Indeed, the very first question a Muslim convert is confronted with by an American or European is ?Why does Islam allow four wives?? This book…replies straightforwardly to that question and much more.

    The authors describe all the most important characteristics of marriage in Islam, pointing out that the Western notions of sex equality and romantic premarital ?love? are not necessary in Islamic marriage based on piety and the commitment on the part of both parents to win the pleasure of Almighty Allah.’

    This book contains basic guides for anyone interested in understanding the rights and obligations of males and females in Islamic plural marriage. The guidelines have been drawn from the Quran, Hadith and opinions of Islamic scholars.

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  • Funeral Rites In Islam

    Funeral Rites In Islam

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    The purpose of this book is to provide English speaking Muslims a concise and authentic compilation of the instructions regarding funeral rites in Islam.

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  • Dawah Training Course

    Dawah Training Course

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    All of us interct with people to some degree or another. The Dawah Training Program by Dr. Bilal Philips gives us the tools we need to turn our interactions into fruitful oportunities for dawah. Starting from the legal ruling of Dawah and taking us through various Dawah techniques, Dr. Bilal Philips presents a comprehensive course enlightening the listener to the appropriate means and methodology of presenting the beautiful religion of Islam to people from various backgrounds.

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  • Islamic Studies Book 1

    Islamic Studies Book 1

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    This is the first book of a series of 5 primarily designed for high school (secondary) school students (ages 12-18). It focuses on four areas of Islamic knowledge: Aqeedah, Tafseer, Hadeeth and Fiqh and is presented in simple language. It is also suitable for new-Muslims and adults seeking an easy explanation of the basic areas of Islamic disciplines. All texts are supported by evidence from the Quran and authentic hadeeths.

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  • Usool Al-Hadeeth

    Usool Al-Hadeeth

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    The science of hadeeth terminology and assesment is a particularly difficult field of study. Dr. Bilal Philips has managed in this text to simplify this topic and to make it quite relevant to our times by addressing some of the most challenging questions raised by those who question the validity of hadeeth literature in general.

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  • Usool at-Tafseer

    Usool at-Tafseer

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    By Abu Ameena Bilal Philips. An Excellent Gift to Students of Islamic Sciences Literally translated ‘The Fundamental Principles of Qur’aanic Interpretation,’ this book refers to the branches of knowledge which are necessary to provide an accurate interpretation of the Qur’anic texts, such as Arabic grammar and syntax, Arabic literature and Qur’anic sciences (‘uloom al-Qur’aan). Addressed topics include the Tafseer of the Qur’an, books of tafseer, translations of the Qur’an, Wahy (‘divine revelation’), reasons for revelation, the differences between Makkan and Madinan revelations, Naskh, the Muhkam and Mutashaabih, and more.

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  • The Fundamentals of Tawheed

    The Fundamentals of Tawheed

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    The Fundamentals Of Tawheed: Tawheed, the oneness of God, is the core of the Islamic faith. Mankind is assigned the duty of implementing this concept on earth in every walk of life since the days of Adam. However, Satan spares no effort to distract mankind from the guided path. This book points out and clarifies this concept.

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Non Muslims

Common questions non-muslims have regarding Islam

What is Islam?

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people.  For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life.  Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.

Who are the Muslims?

One billion people from a vast range or races, nationalities and cultures across the globe – from the southern Philippines to Nigeria – are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world’s largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God (called Allah in Arabic); in the Angels created by Him; ; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelation were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions; in God’s complete authority over human destiny and in life after death.  Muslims believe in a chain of prophets  starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them.  But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) through Angel Gabriel.

How does someone become a Muslim?

Simply by saying ‘there is no god worthy of worship besides God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. By this declaration the believer announces his or her faith in all God’s messengers, and the scriptures they brought.

What Is Ka’bah?

The Ka’bahah is the place of worship which God commanded Prophets  Abraham and Ishmael to build over Four thousand years ago. The building was constructed of stone.

Who is Muhammad?

Muhammad (pbuh ) was born in Makkah in the year 570, at a time when Christianity was not yet fully established in Europe.  Since his father died before his birth, and his mother shortly afterwards, he was raised by his uncle from the respected tribe of Quraysh.  As he grew up, he became known for his truthfulness, generosity and sincerity, so that he was sought after for his ability to arbitrate in disputes.  The historians describe him as calm and meditative.

Muhammad (pbuh) was of a deeply religious nature, and had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society.  It became his habit to meditate from time to time in the Cave of Hira near the summit of Jabal al-Nur, the ‘Mountain of Light’ near Makkah.

How did he become a prophet and a Messenger of God?

At the age of 40, while engaged in a meditative retreat, Muhammad ( pbuh ) received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel.  This revelation, which continued for twenty-three years, is known as the Qur’an.

As soon as he began to recite the words he heard from Gabriel, and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered bitter persecution, which grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate.  This event, the Hijirah, [migration], in which they left Makkah for the city of Madeenah some 260 miles from Mekkah.

How did the spread of Islam affect the world?

Among the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the simplicity of its doctrine. Islam calls for faith in only One God worthy of worship.  It also repeatedly instructs man to use his powers of intelligence and observation.

Within a few years, great civilizations and universities were flourishing, for according to the Prophet ( pbuh ) , ‘seeking knowledge is an obligation for every Muslim. The synthesis of Eastern and Western ideas and of new thought with old, brought about great advances in medicine, mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, architecture, art, literature, and history.  Many crucial systems such as algebra, the Arabic numerals, and also the concept of the zero (vital to the advancement of mathematics), were transmitted to medieval Europe from Islam.  Sophisticated instruments which were to make possible the European voyages of discovery were developed, including the astrolabe, the quadrant and good navigational maps.

What does ‘Islam’ mean?

The Arabic word ‘Islam’ simply means ‘submission’, and derives from a word meaning ‘peace’.  In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. ‘Mohammedanism’ is thus a misnomer because it suggests that Muslims worship Muhammad ( pbuh ) rather than God.  ‘Allah’ is the Arabic name for God, which is used by both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians alike.

Why does Islam often seem strange?

Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world.  Perhaps this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always uppermost in their minds, and make no division between secular and sacred.  They believe that the Divine Law, the Sharee‘ah, should be taken very seriously, which is why issues related to religion are still so important.

Do Islam and Christianity have different origins?

No. Together with Judaism, they go back to the prophet and patriarch Abraham, and their three prophets are directly descended from his sons – Muhammad from the eldest, Ishmael, and Moses and Jesus from Isaac.  Abraham established the settlement which today is the city of Makkah, and built the Ka‘bah towards which all Muslims turn when the pray.

God commanded Abraham to summon all mankind to visit this place, and when pilgrims go there today the say ‘Here I am O Allah’, in response to Abraham’s summons.

What is the Qur’an?

The Qur’an is a record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  It was memorized by Muhammad (pbuh) and then dictated to his Companions, handwritten down by scribes, who cross-checked it during his lifetime. Not one word of its 114 chapters, Suras, has been changed over the centuries, so that the Qur’an is in every detail the unique and miraculous text which was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh)  fourteen centuries ago.

What is the Qur’an about?

The Qur’an, the last revealed Word of God, is the prime source of every Muslim’s faith and practice.  It deals with all the subjects which concern us as human beings: wisdom, doc-trine, worship, and law, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures.  At the same time it provides guidelines for a just society , proper human conduct and an equitable economic system.

Are there any other sacred sources?

Yes, the sunnah, the practice and example of the Prophet (pbuh), is the second authority for Muslims.  A hadith is a reliably transmitted report of what the Prophet (pbuh) said, did, or approved.  Belief in the sunnah is a fundamental part of the Islamic faith.

Examples of the Prophet’s sayings

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
‘God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.’
‘None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.’
‘He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a true believer.’
“The truthful and trusty businessman is associated with the prophets, the saints, and the martyrs.’
‘Powerful is not he who knocks the other down, indeed powerful is he who controls himself in a fit of anger.’
‘God does not judge according to your bodies and appearances but He scans your hearts and looks into your deeds.’
‘A man walking along a path felt very thirsty.  Reaching a well he descended into it, drank his fill and came up.  Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst.  The man saw that the dog was feeling the same thirst as he had felt so he went down into the well again and filled his shoe with water and gave the dog a drink.  God forgave his sins for this action.’  The Prophet (pbuh) was asked: ‘Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?’ He replied, ‘There is a reward for kindness to every living thing.’

From the hadith collections of Bukhaaree, Muslim, Tirmithee and Bayhaqee.

What are the ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam?

They are the framework of the Muslim life: faith, prayer, concern for the needy, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

1. FAITH

There is no god worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger.  This declaration of faith is called the Shaahadah,  a simple  formula which all the faithful pronounce.  In Arabic, the first part is la ilaaha il – lal – ’laah-’ there is no god except Allah’; ilaaha  (god) can refer to anything which we may be tempted to put in place of God-wealth, power, and like.  Then comes il – lal – ‘laah:’  except Allah’, the creator of all things  The second part of the Shahaadah   is Muhammadun rasoolul-laah ‘Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.’ A Message of guidance has come through a man like ourselves.

2. PRAYER

Salaah is the name for the obligatory prayers which are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. There is no hierarchical authority in Islam and no priests, so the prayers, are led by a learned person who knows the Qur’an, chosen by the congregation.  These five prayers contain verses from the Qur’an, and are said in Arabic, the language of the Revelation, but personal supplication can be offered in one’s own language. Prayers are said at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and nightfall, and thus determine the rhythm of the entire day.  Although it is preferable to worship together in a mosque, a Muslim may pray almost anywhere, such as in fields, offices, factories and universities.  Visitors to the Muslim world and struck by the centrality of prayers in daily life.

A translation of the Call to Prayer is:
Allah is most great.  Allah is most great.
Allah is most great. Allah is most great.
I testify that there is no god except Allah.
I testify that there is no god except Allah.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
Come to prayer! Come to prayer!
Come to success (in the life and the Hereafter)! Come to success!
Allah is most great. Allah is most great.
There is no god except Allah.

3. THE ‘ZAKAAH’

One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust.  The word zakaah means both ‘purification’ and growth’.  Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need, and, like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth.

Each Muslim calculates his or her own zakat individually.  For most purposes this involves the payment each year of two and a half percent of one’s surplus savings.

A pious person may also give as much as he or she pleases as sadaqah, and does so preferably in secret.

Although this word can be translated as voluntary charity’ it has a wider meaning.  The Prophet (pbuh)  said

‘even meeting your brother with a cheerful face is charity.’

The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘Charity is a necessity for every Muslim.’  He was asked’ What if a person has nothing?’ The Prophet (pbuh) replied: ‘He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.’  The Companions asked: ‘What if he is not able to work?’ The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘He should help poor and needy persons.’  The Companions further asked, ‘What if he cannot do even that?’ The Prophet (pbuh) said’ He should urge others to do good.’  The Companions said ‘What if he lacks that also?’ The Prophet (pbuh) said’ He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity.’

4. THE FAST

Every year in the month of Ramadaan, all Muslim fast from first light until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.

Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are pregnant or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year.  If they are physically unable to do this, they must feed a needy person for every day missed.  Children begin to fast (and to observe the prayer) from puberty, although many start earlier.

Although the fast is most beneficial to the health, it is regarded principally as a method of self purification.  By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry which leads to growth in one’s spiritual life.

5. PILGRIMAGE (Hajj)

The annual pilgrimage to Makkah the Hajj – is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.  Nevertheless, about two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to meet one another.

Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year (which is lunar, not solar, so that Hajj and Ramadan fall sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter).  Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God.

The rites of the Hajj, which were begun by Prophet Abraham, include circling the Ka’bah seven times, and going seven times between the mountains Safaa and Marwah as Hager did during her search for water.  Then the pilgrims stand together on the wide plain of ‘Arafah and join in prayers for God’s forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Last Judgement.

In previous centuries the Hajj was an arduous undertaking.  Today, however, water, modern transport, and the most up-to-date health facilities are provided for the millions who take part in the pilgrimage.

The close of the Hajj is marked bya festival, ‘Eed al-Ad-haa, which is celebrated with prayers and the exchange of gifts in Muslim communities everywhere.  This, and the ‘Eedal-Fitr, a feast-day commemorating the end of Ramadan, are the main festivals of the Muslims’ calendar.

Does Islam tolerate other beliefs?

The Qur’an says:

Allah does not forbid you with regards to those who do not fight you for [your]  faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for Allah loves those who are just. (Qur’an, 60:8)

It is one function of Islamic law to protect the privileged status of minorities, and this is why non-Muslim places of worship have flourished all over the Islamic world.  History provides many examples of Muslim tolerance towards other faiths: when the caliph Omar entered Jerusalem in the year 634, Islam granted freedom of worship to all religious communities in the city.

Islamic law also permits non-Muslim minorities to set up their own courts, which implement family laws drawn up by the minorities themselves.

SIN: According to Islam, man is not born in ‘original sin’. Every child is born with an innate disposition towards virtue, knowledge, and beauty.  Islam considers itself to be the ‘primordial religion’, it seeks to return man to his  original, true nature in which he is in harmony with creation, inspired to do good, and confirming the Oneness of God.

What do Muslims think about Jesus?

Muslims respect and revere Jesus (r), and await his Second Coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Qur’an confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Qur’an is entitled ‘Mary’), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation.  The Qur’an describes the Annunciation as follows:

‘Behold!’ the Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations.  O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to God.  He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’

She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’  He said: ‘Even so; Allah creates whatever He wills.  When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be!” and it is.’ (Qur’an, 3:42-7)

Jesus (r) was born miraculously through the same power which had brought Adam (r)  into being without a father:

Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam.  He created him of dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was. (3:59)
During his prophetic mission Jesus (r) performed many miracles. The Qur’an tells us that he said:

‘I have come to you with a sign from your Lord: I make for you out of clay, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave.  And I heal the blind, and the lepers, and I raise the dead by Allah’s leave.(3:49)

Neither Muhammad (r) nor Jesus (r) came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in One God, brought by earlier prophets, but to confirm and renew it.  In the Qur’an Jesus (r) is reported as saying that he came:

‘To attest the law which was before me.  And to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey Me.’
(3:50)

The Prophet Muhammad (r)  said:
‘Whoever believes there is no god but God, alone without partner, that Muhammad (r) is His messenger, that Jesus is the servant and messenger of God, His word breathed into Mary and a spirit from Him, and that Paradise and Hell are true, shall be received by Allah into Heaven.’

(Hadith from Bukhaaree)

Why is the family so important to Muslims?

The family is the foundation of Islamic society.  The peace and security offered by a stable family unit is greatly valued, and seen as essential for the spiritual growth of its members.  A harmonious social order is created by the existence of extended families; children are treasured, and rarely leave home until the time they marry.

What about Muslim women?

Islam sees a woman, whether single or married, as an individual in her own right, with the right to own and dispose of her property and earnings.  A marriage dowry is given by the groom to the bride for her own personal use, and she keeps her own family name rather than taking her husband’s.

Both men and women are expected to dress in a way which is modest and dignified.  Women are required to cover all of their body except for the face and hands in order to protect their modesty and honor.

The Messenger of God (pbuh) said:
“The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife.”

Can a Muslim have more than one wife?

The religion of Islam was revealed for all societies and all times and so accommodates widely differing social requirements.  Circumstances may warrant the taking of another wife but the right is granted, according to the Qur’an, only on condition that the husband is scrupulously fair.

Is Islamic marriage like Christian marriage?

A Muslim marriage is not a ‘sacrament’, but a simple, legal agreement in which either partner is free to include conditions.  Marriage customs thus vary widely from country to country.  As a result, divorce is not common, although it is not forbidden as a last resort.  According to Islam, no Muslim girl or boy can be forced to marry against their will: their parents will simply suggest young men or women they think may be suitable.

How do Muslims treat the elderly?

In the Islamic world there are no old people’s homes.  The strain of caring for one’s parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and blessing, and an opportunity for great spiritual growth.  God asks that we not only pray for our parents, but act with limitless compassion, remembering that when we were helpless children they preferred us to themselves.

Mothers are particularly honored: the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught that ‘Paradise lies at the feet of mothers’.  When they reach old age, Muslim parents are treated mercifully, with the same kindness and selflessness.

In Islam, serving one’s parents is a duty second only to prayer, and it is their right to expect it.  It is considered despicable to express any irritation when, through no fault of their own, the old become difficult.

The Qur’an says: ‘Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and be kind to parents.  If either or both of them reach old age with you, do not say ‘Uff’ to them or chide them, but speak to them in terms of honor and kindness.  Treat them with humility, and say, ‘My Lord! Have mercy on them, for they cared for me when I was little’. (17:23-4)

How do Muslims view death?

Like Jews and Christians, Muslims believe that the present life is only a preparation for the next realm of existence.  Basic articles of faith include: Resurrection the Day of Judgment, Heaven and Hell.

When a Muslim dies, he or she is washed, usually by a family member, wrapped in a clean white cloth, and buried preferably the same day. Simple prayers following Muslims consider this one of the final services they can do for their relatives, and an opportunity to remember their own brief existence here on earth.  The Prophet (pbuh) taught that three things can continue to help a person even after death; charity which he had given, knowledge which he had taught and prayers on their behalf by a righteous child.

What does Islam say about war?

Like Christianity, Islam permits fighting in self-defense, in defense of religion, or on the part of those who have been expelled forcibly from their homes.  It lays down strict rules of combat which include prohibitions against harming civilians and against destroying crops, trees and livestock.  As Muslims see it, injustice would be triumphant in the world if good men were not prepared to risk their lives in a righteous cause.  The Qur’an says:

‘Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits.  God does not love transgressors.’ (2:190)

If they seek peace, then you should also seek peace.  And trust in Allah for He is the One that hears and knows all things. (8:61)
War, therefore, is the last resort, and is subject to the rigorous conditions laid down by the sacred law.

The term jihaad literally means’ struggle’, and Muslims believe that there are two kinds of jihaad.   The outer struggle against the forces of evil and corruption and the inner struggle which everyone wages against egotistic desires, for the sake of attaining inner peace.

What about food?

Although much simpler than the dietary law followed by Jews and the early Christians, the code which Muslims observe forbids the consumption of blood, pork and any kind of intoxicating substances.  The Prophet taught that ‘your body has rights over you’, and the consumption of wholesome food and the leading of a healthy lifestyle are seen as religious obligations.
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
‘Ask God for certainty [of faith]  and well-being; for after certainty, no one is given any gift better than health!’

How does Islam guarantee human rights?

Freedom of conscience is laid down by the Qur’an itself: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’. (2:256)

The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred whether a person is Muslim or not. Racism is incomprehensible to Muslims, for the Qur’an speaks of human equality in the following terms:
‘O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another.  Truly, the most honored of you in Allah’s sight is the greatest of you in piety.  Allah is All-Knowing,
All-Aware. (49:13)

Islam in the United States?

It is almost impossible to generalize about American Muslims: converts, immigrants, factory workers, doctors, all are making their own contribution to America’s future.  This complex community is unified by a common faith, underpinned by a countrywide network of more than a thousand mosques.

Muslims were early arrivals in North America.  By the eighteenth century there were may thousands of them, working as slaves on plantations.  These early communities cut off from their heritage and families, inevitably lost their Islamic identity as time went by.  Today many Afro-American Muslims play an important role in the Islamic community.

The nineteenth century, however, saw the beginnings of an influx of Arab Muslims, most of whom settled in the major industrial centers where they worshiped in hired rooms.  The early twentieth century witnessed the arrival of several hundred thousand Muslims from Eastern Europe: the first Albanian mosque was opened in Maine in 1915; others soon followed, and a group of Polish Muslims opened a mosque in Brooklyn in 1928.

In 1947 the Washington Islamic Center was founded during the term of President Truman, and several nationwide organizations were set up in the fifties.  During the fifties through seventies there was a great influx of Muslims from India and Pakistan who today represent a major segment of immigrant American Muslims.  From the early twenties until the seventies a few Pseudo-Islamic organizations have appeared among indigenous Muslims using Islamic terminology to cover racist un-Islamic teachings: The nation of Islam (commonly called “Black Muslims”), The Moorish Science Temple, The Ansarullah.

Although they have always remained a small but vocal minority, some of their spokesmen continue to tarnish the image of Islam until today.  Today the Muslim population in America is estimated  by researchers at five to eight million.

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Islamic Websites

The World Wide Web (www) has put knowledge of all fields of human study at our fingertips. That it is a boon to mankind cannot be doubted. But at the same time it has its pitfalls. The major one being that anyone with a website or blog or even without that (read Wiki) can put up whatever they like on any subject onto the www.

Thus, the internet while being a source of sound authentic knowledge on any field is at the same time also a source of misinformation and hence needs to be utilized with caution, for there are many ‘quack’ sites on almost all topics under discussion on the net.

The field of Islamic studies is no exception to this phenomenon. In fact the problem here is compounded by the many deviant misinterpretations of Islam that have found a way to reach a world wide audience on a scale never seen before. This has made the internet a minefield for the knowledge seeker who has to walk through it at times while searching for authentic knowledge.

Sites on the net may be confusing and sometimes dangerous for those not strongly grounded in the basics of the religion. Concern on this issue led me to direct some of my student-researchers to compile a list of sound Islamic sites along with short reviews and ratings on a scale of 1-10. Concurrently a list of deviant sites and anti-Islamic sites has also been prepared so that surfers may know that they are to be avoided or studied only by persons at an advanced level of knowledge.

As in all human endeavors there will be some shortcomings in this work, not to mention the fact that sites appear and disappear daily while others may undergo drastic changes. Also, it is my desire to expand on this effort so that it becomes a true resource centre for knowledge of Islamic sites, good and bad. Therefore I ask viewers to give their constructive feedback, comments, corrections etc. on this work. Also we would like you to submit sites which we have missed for review along with your own reviews. However, we ask that you please indicate under which heading you include the site (Recommended/ Deviant/ Anti-Islamic). Reviews will be put up after due scrutiny by my researchers. Direct all correspondence on this issue to:projectsbilalphilipscom@yahoo.com. Please write ‘Reviews’ in the subject line before anything else you may wish to include in the subject line.

In closing, please note that while the researchers consider the sites in the recommended list to be mostly sound Islamically to the best of their knowledge, it does not mean an automatic approval of all the contents or views posted on that site. Also the external links provided on those sites are not included as part of the review. So surfer discretion is definitely advised.

Criteria used in rating the sites:

  1. Authenticity of material and closeness to the Qur’aan, Sunnah & understanding of the Salaf us Saalih.
  2. Quality of the material in terms of language, referencing to the sources and in the case of Ahadeeth, referencing to books of Ahadeeth verification.
  3.  Quantity of material put up on the site
  4. Presence of downloadable multimedia content (free downloads get a higher rating)
    • Audio content
    • Video content
    • any other type like Flash presentations, PowerPoint etc
  5. Presence of streaming multimedia content (lower rating than downloadable multimedia)
  6. Presence of downloadable complete E books (free downloads get a higher rating)
  7. Presence of downloadable Islaamic software (free downloads get a higher rating)
  8. Frequency of site updates
  9. If site has a general name like Islaam.com or islamweb.com then it has been reviewed with the expectation that it would cover many aspects of Islaam and would have a good quantity of varied content matter. The rating reflects the extent to which the site meets these expectations along with the aforementioned criteria.
  10.  If the site has a name which specifies one or more aspects of Islaam e.g. understandquran.com or a clearly stated aim then it has been reviewed to see how well the specified aspect/ aspects or stated aim are covered along with the aforementioned criteria and the absence of other topics is not reflected in the rating.
    Authenticity of material and sticking close to the Qur’aan, Sunnah & understanding of the Salaf us Saalih

    • Quality of the material in terms of language, referencing to the sources, and in case of Ahadeeth referencing to books of Ahadeeth verification,
    • Quantity of material put up on the site
    • Presence of multimedia content
      1. Audio content.
      2. Video content.
      3. any other type like Flash presentations, PowerPoint etc
  11. Whether site allows free download of above material (free downloads get a higher rating)
  12. Presence/absence of downloadable complete E books (free downloads get a higher rating)
  13. Presence/absence of Islaamic software (free downloads get a higher rating)
  14. Whether site is regularly updated or not.
  15. If site has a general name like Islaam.com or islamweb.com then it is reviewed with the expectation that it would cover many aspects of Islaam (the more aspects covered the higher the rating.
  16. If the site has a name which specifies one or more aspects of Islaam Site is reviewed to see how well those aspects are covered and the absence of other matter is not considered a drawback.
Recommended Sites

1. Sunnah Online www.sunnahonline.com/main.htm

  • Rating 95%

It has almost everything you could ask for in an Islaamic site viz. articles, e books, audio lectures, Qur’aanic Recitations, and even two online Magazines!! The site has a no-frills, plain, businesslike look. The main categories are easy to navigate to but for the subcategories no links are provided. You have to scroll down the page of the main category to find the sub categories. The site also hosts two online magazines (albeit old issues). It only loses out on the look of the site which the webmaster would do well to change keeping in pace with current trends.

Best Feature: Feature packed site with audios, Qur’aan recitations (even some recitation by Shaikh Albanee!) issues of two online magazines and E books.

What it lacks/ What could be added: It would be better if under each main category a list of sub categories (with links) is provided to facilitate navigation. Also such a good site should have an attractive look and the latest forms of multimedia content so as to catch the attention of casual visitors.

2. Islam QA.com http://www.islam-qa.com

  • Rating 95%

Need to look up a Fatwa? Go to Islam QA to find answers to various issues.
The site says: The responses are handled by Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid, using only authentic, scholarly sources based on the Quran and sunnah, and other reliable contemporary scholarly opinions. References are provided where appropriate in the responses.

And that’s an accurate synopsis. A lot of effort has been put in by the site maintainers with the questions neatly sorted into categories and sub categories. It also has a site search facility. It contains in excess of 7000 Q&A!! Amazingly the site is available in 7 languages & the English translation is of high quality. What make this site truly worth visiting are the diligently provided references to almost all the Ahadeeth and opinions of the earlier and contemporary scholars. The site accepts questions on line once a month.

It also contains downloadable E-books authored by Shaikh Saalih al Munajjid.

Best feature: The huge compilation of Fataawa with an arrangement and search facility that makes it easy to find what you want.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Voice Fataawa. Also the site owners should add a facility for downloading the fataawa base in an easy format. (See what fatwa-online.com has done as an e.g.) Otherwise as per the apparent aim and name of the site it fulfils the job perfectly.

3. Understand Islaam: http://www.understand-islam.net/

  • Rating 90%

This is the website of Dr. Saleh as Saleh. It contains safe, sound, authentic Islaamic info. There are plenty of audio downloads and a medium sized book collection. A Study Program is also available complete with online tests.

Best feature: The study program and a lot of translated works of Shaikh Uthaymeen from one of his own students.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Books and lectures from more Scholars.

4. Islaam.com http://www.islaam.com/

  • Rating 90%

This site is a treasure house of information on Islaam. It has an impressively large list of authors, and a good amount of lectures, although the number of speakers is relatively smaller. The site is fast and easy to navigate and gives you the option of navigating by category, topic, speaker or author. The articles put up on the site are surely a result of careful selection from a wide range of sources and includes authors from the past and present.

Best feature: The excellent selection of a wide range of articles

What it lacks/ What could be added: Very few E books available. And the ones available are almost all by the same author. The webmaster would do well to strengthen this section and also add some multimedia content.

5. Fatwa Online.com http://www.fatwa-online.com/

  • Rating 90%

Here’s another good Fataawa site. It has an off-the-beaten-track design (though not very attractive), good lectures, fataawa and an innovative form of E books (Compiled HTML help files). Using this they compiled the entire translation of Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan (v 1.36) into 822 Kb which is very convenient to take on a floppy or mail it to someone etc. However they have removed it from their site and replaced it with version 2.2 which includes the Arabic text and footnotes (19.3 Mb). Also they compile their entire fatwa base in the same format at intervals and put it up for download, something I appreciate very much.

Best Feature: The CHtml fataawa base, CHtml books, information boxes which come up on particular terms with mouse rollover (no need to click) and audio biographies of various contemporary Mashaayikh.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Audio fataawa. Also the webmaster should increase the quantity of E books and introduce English audio lectures dealing with specific Islaamic topics other than biographies.

6. Islam Way.com (English) http://english.islamway.com/

  • Rating 90%

For sheer variety of content format Islamway.com beats all other sites that we know of hands down. (Islamweb comes a close second) It has articles, E books, lectures & flash animations. It has the translation of the Holy Qur’aan in PDF with audio embedded in it!!! (the download didn’t work for me but maybe that’s because I have a dial up connection) Not enough? It has the recitation of the entire Qur’aan in Arabic along with the English Translation (Saheeh International) ayah by ayah. All the aforementioned are for free download.

In short Islamway.com has good quality and quantity content for Muslims & non Muslims.

Best Feature: the Downloadable audio translation of the Qur’aan and the PDF version with audio.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Advanced level articles and books on Aqeedah etc. for those already in Islaam. For e.g. under the category Fundamental Beliefs, the only articles posted are:

• Allah is Beautiful & Loves Beauty
• Shahada

7. Islam Web.net http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/MainPage/indexe.php

  • Rating 90%

For an accurate and honest description about this site and its aims I recommend going to their ‘About Us’ page. The site is exactly what it claims to be.

The site developers have done a really good job in giving the site a modern, polished look and layout. It is easy to surf, has good articles, books, audios and dawah material. The variety of content format is beaten only by Islamway.com (among the sites that I know of).

It also shares with Islamway.com the problem of not having any advanced study material.

Best Feature: Sleekly designed site with all forms of content.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Advanced level articles and books on Aqeedah etc. for those already in Islaam.

8. Islam House.com http://www.islamhouse.com

  • Rating 90%

This site is worth its name. It is a veritable store house of E books and lectures. It has relatively low article content, but the quantity of books and lectures (in multiple languages) makes up for it. The site itself is not among the easily navigable ones and takes a bit of getting adjusted to. It also features Qur’aan translation in many languages although some of the links were not working at the time of the review. We have notified the webmaster and hopefully the links will be restored.

Best Feature: A solid collection of lectures by many speakers & Qur’aan translation in many languages.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Articles, and a more easier organization of the navigational links would be appreciated.

9. 877-Why-Islam.org http://www.whyislam.org/

  • Rating 90%

This is one well planned and laid out Da’wah site. What is striking is that the organizers, ICNA have gone to great lengths to provide all possible opportunities for non Muslims to interact, discuss and ask questions. A flash advertisement right on the home page proclaims, “Call 877, Ask a Question, Visit a Local Mosque, Correspond via E Mail.” So the organization has provided a toll free number, an email, a page on the site for posting questions and a forum for discussion. What more could one ask for? Plus it has some good Da’wah material in the form of articles. There is also a facility for ordering free literature. All in all, a great Da’wah effort.

Best Feature: The multiple facilities given for Non Muslims to interact, discuss and ask questions on Islaam.

What it lacks/ What could be added: There is no audio or video content here. In current times there are many people who would rather listen to an audio lecture or see a video than read an article. Besides there is a wealth of such work available from da’ees around the world.

10. Muslim Heritage.com http://www.muslimheritage.com/

  • Rating 90%

Here is a site which has filled a requirement on the net about an aspect of Islaam which has either been left out totally or touched on briefly by other sites. What’s more the webmaster has managed to present the material in a very user-friendly and interesting format.

From the site:

Welcome to the new MuslimHeritage.com website, a community and non-profit initiative aimed at providing an educational forum to present and discuss the contribution of Muslim Heritage to present day Science, Technology and Civilisation.

We are currently working on developing a new version of the website and we value your feedback and constructive suggestions. The new version will contain many more exciting interactive features including 3D time-lines, interactive maps and streaming videos.

Hope they put up the new version soon.

Best Feature: The interactive tour map of Muslim Personalities, Major Cities, Institutions, Discoveries etc.

What it lacks/ What could be added: What is needed here has already been noted and put on the pipeline by the webmaster as noted above.

11. Audio Islam.com http://www.audioislam.com

  • Rating 90%

This site is what it name proclaims, a place to get audios on Islaam. It has a lot of beneficial lectures.

Best Feature: A good collection of audio lectures

What it lacks/ What could be added: No other content apart from audio, but that is in keeping with the name of the site

12. Aswat al-Islam.net http://www.aswatalislam.net

  • Rating 80%

Although in terms of quantity of audio and video content Aswat al-Islam is to the best of our knowledge unrivalled it loses marks on account of having the authentic and inauthentic bundled up together. Surfer discretion is advised for some of the speakers on the site.
Best Feature: The large collection of audios and videos.
What it lacks/ What could be added: A filtering system to weed out the inauthentic stuff.

13. Call to Islam.com www.calltoislam.com

  • Rating 80%

When initially reviewed this site had a rating of 7. But it has grown handsomely to reach a rating of 8.5. With the passage of time and addition of more content this site could very well reach the top. Go here for good articles, audio, e- books and live Pal Talk classes.

Best Feature: A modern, well laid out, easy to navigate site with a good collection of lectures

What it lacks/ What could be added: The e books section could be strengthened and other forms of multimedia content added.

14. Madinah Arabic.com http://www.madinaharabic.com/Index.htm

  • Rating 80%

Spruce up your Arabic! As the site says: This site has been designed to teach the Arabic language based on one of the most popular courses being used today – the Madinah Book Series by Dr V Abdur Rahim which is used by Madinah University to teach English speaking students the Arabic language.

The site is easy to navigate, the courses free and well planned and there is an online bookshop for buying books and CDs for learning Arabic. A students’ Forum has also been provided.

Best Feature: You guessed it! But no prizes for that one

What it lacks/ What could be added: Sound files for the Arabic alphabets, a feature which is provided for he sentences later on but not for the alphabets themselves. Plus the site could develop some interactive multimedia for teaching Arabic.

15. As Sahwah.com http://www.as-sahwah.com

  • Rating 80%

We remember this site earlier proclaiming that it had over 1000 articles. Now that line has been removed but the fact remains that this is the site the largest collection of articles that we have come across and it has many authors on its roll. It also has a good number of audios. However books are conspicuous by their absence on this site.
Its forum has some interesting learning groups running including one on Study of Sharh al-’Aqida al-Tahawiyya

Best Feature: The site’s solid base of articles and its study groups

What it lacks/ What could be added: Content other than articles and audios.

16. Darulehsaan.com http://www.darulehsaan.com/

  • Rating 70%

Here’s a gem on the net for those interested in seeking serious knowledge. There are audios and notes on topics such as Bulugh Al Muram, a study group on Sunan Tirmidhee conducted by brother Abu Khaliyl. The site gives a full rundown of everything that’s going on for the knowledge seeker on their Pal talk sessions with details on each class.
There are Arabic Texts of all the major Ahadeeth collections in downloadable Word format) plus software combining many Ahadeeth collections. The site boasts of the first Punjabi Audio translation of the Qur’aan Although the site is low in content of the type usually expected, it makes up for it through its classes.

Best feature: Its knowledge disseminating classes and the authenticity of material presented..

What it lacks/ What could be added: Transcripts of past classes and translation of urdu class transcript into English.

17. Islam Basics.com http://www.islambasics.com/

  • Rating 80%

This site would be best described as an E Library. It has lots (really lots) of downloadable books and all for free. Most are in multiple formats. What’s more, this site allows you to do an online search throughout all the books listed at the same time.

Best Feature: The largest number of downloadable E books in a single site (among the sites that I know of).

What it lacks/ What could be added: As the site state clearly that their intention in setting up this site is only to put up E books, nothing can be said here for the site. But we would like to advise visitors to the site to support he site by posting their comments on and reviews of the bookd to help newcomers select from this big collection of books

18. – 20. Islam Yesterday, Today & Always.com
18. http://www.islamtomorrow.com/

19. http://www.islamalways.com/

20. http://www.islamyesterday.com/

  • Rating 80%

These are three interlinked and interrelated sites. The driving force behind them seems to the famous Da’ee Yusuf Estes and so the main focus of the sites is obviously Da’wah. And to this end these sites have very good content. Besides, the articles here speak in a very down to earth manner without any high philosophizing thus carrying appeal for many people. Refer these sites to Non Muslims thinking about Islaam as there is a lot of material which will give truth seekers food for thought. And also recommend to new Muslims studying at a very basic level or to Da’ees who wish to add more tools to their Da’wah bag.

Best Feature: Excellent Da’wah Sites

What it lacks/ What could be added: Perhaps the home page of islamtomorrow.com needs to be given a less cluttered and more polished appearance in keeping with the times.

21. Islam World.net http://www.islamworld.net/

  • Rating 80%

This is not a website in the true sense but rather a links page and an excellent one at that. That the site owner has spent a lot of time in researching the net for good material is evident from the huge no of links put up here. Also the links lead to content which are among the best on the net. Plus all the links are neatly categorized. Some of the links are dead due to the fact the sites to which the page links no longer exist.

Best feature: Excellent collection of links.

What it lacks/ What could be added: As a link page it doesn’t lack anything besides the possibility of frequent updating and removal of dead links.

22. Al Sunnah.com http://www.al-sunnah.com

  • Rating 80%

This is quite similar to islamworld.net in that it is basically a collection of links to good content available elsewhere on the net. This site nicely complements islamworld.net because it has some additional features.

Best feature: Excellent collection of links.

What it lacks/ What could be added: As a link page it doesn’t lack anything besides the possibility of frequent updating and removal of dead links.

23. Sultan.org http://www.sultan.org

  • Rating 80%

This is yet another links page which is also the result of a lot of patient hard work on the part of the webmaster.

Best feature: Excellent collection of links.

What it lacks/ What could be added: As a link page it doesn’t lack anything besides the possibility of frequent updating and removal of dead links.

24. MSA of USC http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/

  • Rating 80%

The site describes itself as a ‘Compendium of Muslim Texts’ and it’s a fitting description.

The site is neatly divided into categories and sections and each section is full of relevant information. It has an online Hadeeth and Qur’aan search that was highly valued at the time it was introduced and several other sites linked to it. With the advent of programs enabling installation of Hadeeth books with search programs on PCs this feature has lost some of its former glory.

Another thing to look out for in this website is the excellent brief introductions that have been written for each category. Just read the introduction on the first page describing Islaam to see what I am talking about.

Best Feature: Good collection of texts for a serious study of Islaam. In fact this site gives content of a depth which few other sites do. Important terms are html linked throughout the site to articles or glossary items wherever relevant so that a beginner starting at any page on the site can easily get more information.

What it lacks/ What could be added: It lacks and needs to add audios & multimedia and also increase its store of E books.

26. Islaam.net http://www.islaam.net/main/

  • Rating 80%

This is a very good site having a fine collection of article & lectures. Although recommended basically for Muslims intending to learn more about their deen it does contain some comparative religion material. The layout of the site is clean and easy to navigate.

Best feature: An excellent collection of Qur’aanic recitations by various recitors. Be sure to check out the CD quality (128 Kbps) recitation by Muhammad al Minshawi. It’s worth downloading.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Downloadable E books.

27. Understand Quran http://www.understandquran.com

  • Rating 80%

‘Understand the Quran Easy Way’ is the slogan of this website. The site has an easy to use interface and a highly motivating preface is sure to propel you further into the site.

The aim of the site as stated on the home page is:

Welcome to the site dedicated to help us all learn and understand the Holy Quran using easy, efficient, and effective techniques

To achieve this, the maintainers have put in a lot of good effort which is really useful for English, Urdu and Hindi speaking Muslims. The materials available on the site include:

a. A simplified course ‘Understand Qur’aan – the Easy Way ‘
b. Word-for-word translations
c. Audio translation files for a few last Soorahs of Qur’aan
d. Word-for-word translations of daily recitations
e. Dictionaries of Qur’aan in four different languages
f. Simplified 2-page set of Tajweed rules for beginners
g. A useful reference list (80% words of the Qur’aan)

The last is a list of words about which the author says: “The words given in this booklet account for 82.6% (64282) of the total words (approx.77800) of the Holy Qur’an.”

This list and the course are really useful. Do try them out.

Best Feature: The concept and techniques of understanding the Qur’aan in an easy way.

What it lacks/ What could be added: It is my du’aa that some Muslim software developers lend their skills to this project to make a good software program which would bring together all the techniques of this site in an attractive multimedia format.

28. – 31. The Faith Network
28. http://imaan.net/
29. http://www.seerah.net/
30. http://alhidaayah.net
31. http://imaan.net/fiveonfriday/

  • Rating 80%

The Faith network group of sites is an excellent offering especially considering the fact that it seems to be a single individual’s effort.
• Imaan.net contains an excellent collection of articles .
• Seerah.net reproduces AlHaramain’s site ProphetMuhammed.Org since the site has gone offline. Seerah.net includes stories of some other prophets and also of the Sahaba and the Salaf.
• alhidaayah.net makes it easy for Muslims across the globe to gain access to some of the best books that have come online but lie scattered over the net. Also a quick scan through the list of book on the site show that the compiler has done a really good job of collecting and presenting books and pamphlets that are among the best that are available on line.
• fiveonfriday is an interesting concept wherein 5 interesting tidbits of Islaam are posted every Friday in the form of a quiz The webmaster has not been able to keep up to this schedule and apparently stopped way back in Nov. 2003. But there are a few archives so it’s worth a visit.

Best Feature: The collection of E books on alhidaayah.net

What it lacks/ What could be added: Site has low audio content and no content of other multimedia. The webmaster has promised to put up some more audios soon and we pray that Allaah makes it easy.

32. Islam 101.com http://islam101.com/

  • Rating 80%

Islam 101 aims to be an educational site on Islam, its way of life, civilization and culture and succeeds to a large extent.

It touches on many aspects of Islaam from Islamic Theology to Human Relations to Comparative Religion and even goes on to provide ‘Islamic perspectives on contemporary issues. Disciplines such as Archeology, Health, Human Rights, History, Islamic Art, Islam and Science, Sociology and Islam and Women are included.’

However there are only articles here, whereas supplementing these topics with relevant books and audio/video lectures would have increased the benefit

What bring up the merit of this site are the online courses and multiple choice tests with instant scoring results. The course and tests are good for new Muslims, non Muslims willing to really understand Islaam and as a refresher in basics for Muslims. The only drawback is that the results do not indicate which answers were wrong (yes I tried the course!)

Best Feature: Topics not usually dealt with by other sites and the online course + tests.

What it lacks/ What could be added: E books and multimedia content.

33. Muhammad.net http://muhammad.net/

  • Rating 80%

Muhammad.net has just what it suggests i.e. information about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his life and message. The target audience seems basically to be non-Muslims esp. Christians, although deeper in the site there is some material for those already in Islaam like Ahmed von Denfer’s Uloom al Qur’aan. It’s a good place for new comers to start their search for knowledge about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Once their appetite is whetted, those who want in depth knowledge should proceed to other sources like the biography The Sealed nectar written by Shaikh Safi ur Rahman Mubarakpuri available on line on several sites.

The site also has some good general material on Islaam and the Qur’aan and some audio files of Qur’aanic recitation.

Best Feature: A full site dedicated to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

What it lacks/ What could be added: Detailed works on the biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

34. The Gospel of Barnabas http://barnabas.net/

  • Rating 80%

The introduction on the website says it all:

The Gospel of Barnabas was accepted as a Canonical Gospel in the Churches of Alexandria till 325 C.E. In 325 C.E., the Nicene Council was held, where it was ordered that all original Gospels in Hebrew script should be destroyed. An Edict was issued that any one in possession of these Gospels will be put to death. The article, How the Gospel Survived, gives a brief narrative on the text’s survival.

An Islamic perspective and commentary are added to each chapter of the Gospel. The commentary highlights any differences or commonalities which exist between the Gospel and the primary Islamic texts, especially the Holy Quran.

Another feature I liked is that they have provided the entire Gospel in a downloadable Word format. So it can become a handy tool for da’ees to print and give to truth seeking Christians

Best Feature: The Gospel of Barnabas itself and its downloadable Word version.

What it lacks/ What could be added: The content is in keeping with the name of the site especially as the site belongs to a group of sites where each site is dedicated to a specific topic.

35. Crusades.org http://crusades.org/

  • Rating 80%


An excellent site on the Crusades from an Islaamic and historical perspective.

Best Feature: The history of the Crusades and Salahuddin’s service to Islaam

What it lacks/ What could be added: The content is in keeping with the name of the site especially as the site belongs to a group of sites where each site is dedicated to a specific topic.

36. Islamic Knowledge.com http://www.islamic-knowledge.com/

  • Rating 80%

The site describes itself as a ‘Research tool to facilitate the task of muslims and non-muslims seeking knowledge about Islam, muslims, the Quran and the Sunnah.’ and it fits the bill well.

It has lots of links to useful sites and articles on the net. Also it lays down some good guide lines for screening new sites to determine whether they are worth visiting or not. It has some original content on it like the audio file of the du’aas in Hisn ul Muslim.

Best Feature: It facilitates the task of newbie Muslim surfers and has an audio version of the du’aas in Hisn ul Muslim for download.

What it lacks/ What could be added: As a research tool the site needs to put up more original content along with the praiseworthy work of linking to other sites.

37. About Tajweed.com http://www.abouttajweed.com/

  • Rating 80%

For those non Arabs wanting to learn or improve their Tajweed here’s a very good resource. It explains in systematic detail the rules and application of The Tajweed rules for Hafs ‘An ‘Aasim, the recitation which is the most widely used one. There is also a facility for clearing doubts by sending emails and all the past queries are posted on the site so that others can benefit from them.

Best Feature: An entire site dedicated to this very important science

What it lacks/ What could be added: The site presents only text material. Adding audio lessons and interactive content in Flash etc would definitely benefit users.

38. King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an http://www.qurancomplex.com/default.asp?l=eng

  • Rating 80%

This has become a useful site, because of good quality translations of the Qur’aan in many languages, good quality recitations in the voice of four recitors, live feed and the option to download in MP3 and Real media format. It also has a small searchable fatwa database. The webmaster has combined all these in an easily navigable website thereby increasing its attraction.

Best Feature: The recitations available for download and the translations.

What it lacks/ What needs to be added: Downloadable versions of the translations in languages other than English as these good translations are currently unavailable for download anywhere in cyberspace. Also some material on the history of compilation, miracles, authenticity of the Qur’aan would be apt.

39. Al Minbar.com http://www.alminbar.com/

  • Rating 80%

This site represents the efforts of Shaikh Wajdi Hamzah Al Ghazzawi to make good quality authentic Khutbahs easily accessible to the Khuttab all around the world. For others the Khutbahs available on this site make for good reading material as articles. The research put up into preparing these khutbahs and the easy site navigation makes the site valuable.

Best Feature: A huge database of khutbahs
What it lacks/ What could be added: It would help if the editors would add references and authentication notes to all of the Ahadeeth mentioned in the Khutbahs. At present even references for all Ahadeeth are not provided. Also there is no other content but that is in keeping with the apparent aim of the site

40. International Committee for the Support of the Final Prophet (ICSFP) http://www.icsfp.com/EN/

  • Rating 80%

The aim of this is presented as: ‘not merely to defend the Prophet (peace be upon him) but, more importantly, to present to humanity his message, his character, and evidences for the truthfulness of his Prophethood.

… a website dedicated to the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him), highlighting many aspects of his biography, for the benefit of the general public.’

This committee is also active in trying to stop acts offensive to Islam and the Prophet. All in all a commendable effort and website.

Best feature: The aim of the site

What it lacks/ What could be added: A more attractive site design would help to attract he attention of non-Muslims also.

41. Islamtoday.com http://islamtoday.com/

  • Rating 70%

A site run under the general supervision of Shaykh Salman al Oadah, it has many ebooks by him for download. Plus a Fatwa Section with archives and a facility to submit questions. Also of interest are th Hadeeth Showcase and Qur’aan showcase

Best Feature: The Fatwa section as very few sites are able to accept questions nowadays and the Showcases.

42. Investigating Islam http://www.islamic.org.uk/

  • Rating 70%

Here’s a good Da’wah site made with the western Christian in mind. It is a good site to refer to Christians who interested in comparative studies. It’s available in multiple languages & also has a Qur’aan search option and audios of the same

Best Feature: Da’wah site oriented to the Western mind.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Audio/ video Da’wah lectures would be a welcome addition.

43. Sahaba.net http://www.sahaba.net

  • Rating 70%

As is evident from its name, this site is dedicated to the Sahaba (radiAllaahu anhum). This site has a very modern look and an innovative design which the site maintainers have created using Flash. They have used their skills with Flash to create a flash e-book on the Sahaba which greatly enhances the cosmetic value of this site and also increases surfer interest. It is heartening to note that Muslims are not only keeping pace with modern media but are also using it for the propagation of Islaam.

The software for the Flash E book is also on sale for those interested in using it for their own sites etc.

Best Feature: A site dedicated to the Sahaba and the excellent use of Flash to create a website and E book with a unique look. Also the site invites user participation by submitting stories and a forum.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Fits its name well but has a possibility of adding some classical and in depth works on the status of Sahaaba and importance of following their methodology etc.

44. Tafsir.com http://www.tafsir.com

  • Rating 70%

Need to look up something in Tafseer Ibn Katheer? Go to tafsir.com. The whole book has been put up here. But there is a problem with the site navigation. You can only view it piecemeal and really small pieces at that. At times clicking a link produces nothing more than a title. At others it gives a small paragraph. Admittedly the paragraphs are complete sections on a particular ayah; however it causes a lot of frustration to dial-up users (I am one of them) when they have to open up an entire new page to view small bits of info. Also the site does not lend itself to mirroring by programs like HTTRACK or Offline Downloader which would enable one to download the entire site on the hard disk and use it offline.

Best Feature: The book itself.

What it lacks/ What could be added: User friendliness, Possibility of mirroring and going by the name of the site, it should have material on Usool at Tafseer and also include tafseer by other scholars.

45. Quran And Sunnah Society http://www.qss.org/

  • Rating 70%

Surf to this site for safe, sound authentic Islaamic info. The site mentions that some sections are ‘Currently Under Development’ and also hopes to put up new online e-books & publications. Till then the quantity of material is not satisfying but the quality is very satisfying. Some Arabic lectures are also available here.

Best feature: As far as I know this was the first site to put up the entire book on Salaah of Shaikh Albanee on-line and its still there. Other sites too have followed suit.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Quantity. And it is hoped that they do so soon because they seem have a knack for selecting good stuff.

46. Muttaqun.com http://www.muttaqun.com

  • Rating 70%

This is a very good site for getting a quick overview of Islaam. Muslims just starting to read up on their deen will find the format attractive as the articles are arranged according to very specific topics i.e. beard, rings, sneezing etc. The site is very easy to navigate but dial up connection users will find the pages comparatively slow in opening due to the applets which make each page transition different.

Best feature: The topic wise arrangement of the articles and the ‘Action Items for the Muttaqun’

What it lacks/ What could be added: No downloadable E books, no lectures. Also it needs more in-depth material on many topics.

47. Shariah Way http://www.shariahway.com/

  • Rating 70%

The main agenda of the site is to serve New Muslims but has content relevant to all Muslims. This site is high on article content and maintained regularly with a regular mailing list. Each aspect of Islam has been covered. There are a few downloadable books but nothing that other sites don’t already have. An interesting feature is an Islamic quiz where you can test yourself on some of the basics of Islam. There are links to audio and Holy Quran radio, but nothing uploaded on the site
Best feature: High on article content and authentic literature and an excellent site for new Muslims; not to forget the quiz!

What it lacks/ what could be added: Site is not very user friendly and some of the colours can hurt the eyes. Improving the presentation of the site will attract more visitors and thus benefit more people.

48. Ahya.org http://www.ahya.org

  • Rating 70%

This site has some really good articles which alone are worth the visit. Besides it has some good E books and one of them is their own publication
It has also has a sizeable collection of lectures. At the time of reviewing, the site had 31 lectures of Dr. Zakir Naik; mostly audio but video lectures are also available. Unfortunately not all are available for downloading

Best Feature: A solid 31 Lectures of Dr. Zakir Naik and the articles.

What it lacks/ What could be added: It has only 4 E books and lectures of only two speakers.

49. Islamic Virtual School http://islamicschool.net/

  • Rating 70%

This site is based on an excellent concept which needs to be taken further. It has Arabic multimedia teaching aids in the form of games which are fun and beneficial at the same time. The learning aids can be used online or downloaded. It also offers some physical products in its store in co-operation with astrolabe which seem promising although of course each product would have to be evaluated on its own merit

Muslim programmers worldwide need to put their skills to meeting this modern need of the community so that children can spend more ‘fun’ time learning Arabic and their deen on computers which occupy a large portion of their time anyway.

This site has taken a big step in this direction but a lot remains to be done.

Best Feature: Multimedia Islaamic learning aids

What it lacks/ What could be added: More such and better learning aids not only from this site but Muslim programmers and creative artists worldwide.

50. The Muslim Woman.com http://www.themuslimwoman.com

  • Rating 70%

This site goes a long way in fulfilling a prime need for Internet using Muslims i.e. a good site dedicated primarily to the Muslim Woman. What is more gratifying is that this site does not lose sight of the basic Islaamic teachings while presenting material focusing on the Muslim Woman. Also it has none of the feminist ideas that seem to be gaining ground among many Muslim women nowadays.

There is also a special section for kids, which is also important as one of the main roles of the woman in Islaam is to raise children on sound Islaamic values so that they can be efficient units of this Ummah.

To be sure this site does not fulfill all the requirements of the task it has undertaken (going by its name) but it does go a long way towards filling this gap in cyberspace and if the site maintainers work on it can become even better bi izniLlaah

Best Feature: A good site dedicated for the Muslim Woman.

What it lacks/ What could be added: To fulfill the responsibilities of its name the site needs addition of content on many other issues. Also the kids section needs to be improved quality wise.

51. Islam Guide.com http://www.islam-guide.com/

  • Rating 70%

This site consists of just a single book in the form of a website. However, it is worth visiting this site because it is an excellent book for Da’wah purposes or even for Muslims to strengthen their Faith by seeing the scientific proofs of the veracity of the Qur’aan. What adds luster to this site is that they allow you to download the entire book in PDF format for reading, printing and free distribution. A ‘Must Download’ for any Da’ee.
The site is also available in a few other languages.

Best Feature: The book itself

What it lacks/ What could be added: Although the apparent aim of the site maintainers (presenting the book on the net) is admirably accomplished it seems a waste to keep a website with such a good name for just this purpose. They would do well to add more such Dawah and comparative material.

52. Salafi Manhaj.com http://www.salafimanhaj.com

  • Rating 70%

Here’s a site which holds the promise of jumping to higher ratings as time passes.
It already has a sizeable quantity of good material in the form of E books, fataawa and audio. But some of the sections are still devoid of content In our initial review we had noted with enthusiasm a project on Tafseer Ibn Kathir. But now it is no longer on the site.

Best feature: Their E books and a well designed modern looking site.

Compared to other site in the top range the quantity & variety is low but projects seem underway to rectify this.

53. Ansar.org http://www.ansar.org/english/index.htm

  • Rating 70%

This site is concerned basically with refuting the false teachings and propaganda of the Shia. A commendable effort and one with scope for future expansion

Best Feature: A site dedicated to refutation of Shia distortions.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Addition of early scholars’ refutations of the Shia and also a section dedicated to correct Aqeedah regarding the Sahaabah

54. Salim Morgan’s site http://www.java-man.com/index.html

  • Rating 70%

This site has some good material not easily found elsewhere, namely the translation of some classical Arabic books into English. Unlike some other translations of Arabic books into English these are of good quality and make for smooth reading. See also (hear actually) an interesting audio of ‘some truly bizarre carrying-on which some people call “worship”.’

Best Feature: The English translations of some classical Arabic books and lecture notes on some interesting topics

What it lacks/ What needs to be added: This is only a bare bones site so there is a lot of flesh that could be added. Also the site seems to have been neglected for a long time.

55. Luton Muslims.co.uk http://www.lutonmuslims.co.uk

  • Rating 80%

Run by Muslims in the Luton area of UK, lutonmuslims.co.uk has a lot of good content, and some good Halaqaat going on.. Its selection of articles encompasses many aspects of a Muslim’s life from the fundamentals to purity of oneself. Some of these articles are not on any other site which is a plus. The site also draws attention to the Muslims being help captive mainly in UK without charge or trial and is active in trying to ease their plight. It also invites other Muslims to participate even if only by writing a letter to the detainees. The events page mainly deals with events in the local area of Luton and London..
Best feature: The Campaign for Justice, well written articles and the notes from lessons conducted in their Halaqaat.
What it lacks/ What could be added: The audios of the Halaqaat would benefit other than Luton residents if uploaded on the site

56. Quraan.com http://www.quraan.com/

  • Rating 60%

As the name indicates this site is primarily a site containing resources for the study of the Noble Qur’aan. It includes the complete translation by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan & T. Hilali.
Towards justifying its name it also has a Qur’aan research tool for registered users (free sign up) where in you can create your own bookmarks for ayah groupings under titles you choose, access the Arabic text. It has some additional good books about other topics

Best Feature: MyQuraan Bookmarks for registered users which is a free service

What it lacks/ What could be added: Going by its name it should have some Qur’aan software and audios to download which it doesn’t. The site maintainers would do well to add some material on the history of compilation of the Qur’aan, introduction to Usool at tafseer, proofs of authenticity etc.

57. Ibraheem’s Creed.net http://www.ibraheemscreed.net/

  • Rating 65%

This is the website hosting the lectures of Shaikh Salem al Amry. It contains an excellent explanation of Kitaab at Tawheed of Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab. Besides this it also has other lectures. All lectures are in MP3 format and free to download. Make the best use of your MP3 players by downloading and listening to these lectures. Article content is low and E books are absent from this site.

Best Feature: The series of lectures

What it lacks/ What could be added: Material from other scholars, E books, articles.

58. Al Manhaj.com http://www.al-manhaj.com

  • Rating 60%

Note: At the time of revising the reviews this site is no longer available. We hope it makes a comeback though.

This is a good site which can become better with the addition of more material. The quality of the existing content, however, makes this site worth visiting. Do visit this site a it contains some good E books and articles not found elsewhere.

Best Feature: Well selected content

What it lacks/ What could be added: Quantity. Many of the sections have Zero content.

59. Clearpath.com http://www.theclearpath.com

  • Rating 60%

This is a site which aims to present a proper perspective of Islaam and the methodology Muslims should follow. For this it has some very good articles but the small number leaves much to be desired. It also contains a few books but has absolutely no audio content. Site navigation is easy and fast.

Best Feature: Nothing outstanding but they have a good start to building a top class site.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Quantity

60. Islamic Web.com http://islamicweb.com/

  • Rating 60%

This is one of the many sites on the net with everything in it good but such that it does not rise above the average. It has books, articles and a few audio and video lectures. All in all it is a good initial effort which needs to be improved on.

Best Feature: Nothing outstanding.

What it lacks/ What could be added: More and better quality content would boost the ratings of this site.

61. IRF.net http://www.irf.net/irf/main.htm

  • Rating 60%

This is the website of the famous Indian Da’ee Dr.Zakir Naik. Those who haven’t heard about him are missing out a lot on the Dawah scene and should rush to this site immediately. Although the site itself does not host any of his Audio or Video Lectures it links to a site that has them. Download and enjoy seeing Dr. Zakir convincingly prove with innumerable quotations from the Bible, Vedas & other religions that Tawheed is clearly mentioned in the earlier scriptures, that too all from memory!!! (The man must be having a chip installed somewhere in his head). Also his spontaneous and convincing replies to sticky Dawah questions raised by non Muslims during the QA session which invariably follows each of his lectures and debates are a treat to watch.

The site has his books and some transcribed lectures/debates. It also has an online Dawah Training course.

Best Feature: Online Dawah Training course & the Da’wah efforts of Dr. Zakir Naik.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Content wise it does not have much to offer, because the intent of the site seems to be to inform people about the activities of Dr. Zakir and the IRF. Also it could do with some regular updates. The last one seems to have been in 2004.

62. Jaafar Idris.com http://www.jaafaridris.com/

  • Rating 60%

This site presents material of Shaikh Jaafar Idris. It’s a worth a visit to learn from the writings and lectures of this man.
There used to be a site earlier named ViewIslam.com which had the writings of Shaikh Jaafar Idris. But that seems to be down now.

Best Feature: The works of Shaikh Jaafar Idri

What it lacks/ What could be added: Quantity

63. Islamchannel.tv http://www.islamchannel.co.uk or http://www.islamchannel.tv

  • Rating 60%

Visit this site to learn more about a praiseworthy effort on the part of Islam channel TV. The site describes the reason behind and the aim of the channel as:
Despite constituting one fifth of the world’s population, Muslims and Islam are currently misrepresented in the global media. This has led to a large demand amongst Muslims for television that reflects their needs and programmes that are founded upon Islamic values.
Islam Channel aspires to be an alternative channel; it will advance unbiased and accurate images of Islam and Muslims and endeavour to bring about cultural understanding and awareness for a peaceful and harmonious co-existence amongst communities.

Although I can’t comment on the quality of the actual programs of Islam Channel (I can’t access the channel and don’t have a broadband connection to view online) what I do feel is that there is a crying need for more such channels in the face of the current deluge of biased, misleading & negative misinformation on the international media scene. This effort needs to be supported by all Muslims, and not limited to only the few channels that are currently available world wide.

Besides the above information the site also tries to provide some good material for internet users. It has provided articles (mostly borrowed from other sites) and links to lectures from aswatalislam.net (see review for that site). As such there is no original content here.

It provides an online Fataawa facility wherein people can post questions on Islaamic issues. However the full list of scholars who will answer the questions is not available and there is no archive of past fataawa.

Best Feature: The effort to maintain an ‘Islamic-focused satellite channel’ and the facility to view the channels programs live on-line.

What it lacks/ What could be added: The website would do well to put up some original content and an archive of past fataawa. Also it would be useful if they could add some downloadable video files of past good programs beamed on the channel.

64. Remember Allaah.net http://www.rememberallah.net/

  • Rating 60%

Here’s a nice colorful site with a clean design. It has a good collection of articles and many of them are original and hence refreshing. However the site has a long way to go before it achieves its claim of being ‘The biggest site for Quran, Hadeeth and Atkar’. The site has potential for further growth especially in areas other than articles.

Best Feature: The collection of articles

What it lacks/ What could be added: Mostly this site is need of audio lectures and some serious writing on its main theme i.e. dhikr

65. Make Dua.com http://www.makedua.com/

  • Rating 60%


A commendable effort by a group of volunteers. As they say: Fortification of the Muslim (Hisnul Muslim) is perhaps the most popular du’a book currently in print. This site is an electronic rendition of the “little du’a book”.

That’s what he site is. As this book is available as a Word and PDF download elsewhere on the net, this site would not have been of much use. However it has a alphabetical index by which you can search topics and jump straight to the required du’aa.

Best Feature: The book itself

What it lacks/ What could be added: The site could be developed into a resource centre on Du’aa in general with articles on the etiquettes of du’aas, times when they are accepted etc.

66. The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah Association of Australia http://www.iisca.org/

  • Rating 60%

Here’s a community site for Australian Muslims with good articles and audios. Apart from the articles, this site is relevant mostly for Australian Muslims.

Best feature: A site catering to the Australian Muslim Community.

What it lacks/ What could be added: E books, Multimedia content

Sites based on the Da’wah efforts of Shabbir Ally

67. http://islaminfo.com/new/

68. http://www.quranspeaks.com/main/

69. http://www.shabirally.com/

  • Rating 60%

These are three partner sites and are centered around the Da’wah efforts of Shabbir Ally..

Best Feature: The Da’wah efforts of Shabbir Ally

What it lacks/ What could be added: Although the sites have a clean layout, the pages are understated which is a drawback on a Da’wah oriented site. Also more content would build on the usefulness of this site.

70. E Muslim.com http://www.emuslim.com/

  • Rating 60%

Closely resembling www.understandquran.com is emuslim.com. Here too the main focus is on getting a better understanding the Qur’aan by means of the shortlist of words, dictionaries in various languages etc. It has some other articles too.

Best Feature: 80 % words of the Qur’aan and word to word dictionaries

What it lacks/ What could be added: A good effort here which can be bettered by material on other aspects of the Qur’aan and Islaam.

71. Examine the Truth.com http://www.examinethetruth.com

  • Rating 60%

Refutations of Christian missionaries attacking Islaam and debates with Christians are the core of this site. Although the site is more relevant to those who stay in the area of the webmaster, it is nevertheless interesting enough for others to visit too.

Best Feature: Refutations of Christian attacks on Islaam.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Da’wah material of other scholars from around the globe.

72. Al Islam.com http://al-islam.com/eng/

  • Rating 60%

Head here for the website of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da‘wah and Guidance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All in all it is a good start but it needs a lot more stuff to push it up the charts as till the time of reviewing it had only articles and some Qur’aanic recitations. It also has a good section devoted to Ahkam of Tajweed.

Best Feature: A good section on Ahkam ut Tajweed.

What it lacks/ What could be added: Content other than articles.

73. Talk Islam.com http://talkislam.com

  • Rating 50%

This site is best visited for its Islaamic quotes. If you wish to send Islamic SMS one liners then this is the site for you. It’s full of meaningful verses from the Qur’aan, poignant ahadeeth and quotes from the salaf and classical scholars. It also features a good online list of Muslim baby names with meanings along with names in Persian and Turkish
There is onsite shopping with a vast range of items from Books to toys and Bukhoor (incense)

Best feature: That would have to be the Islamic quote and names sections

What it lacks/ What could be added: Many of the quotes are unknown. Besides there is a lot that could be added Islaamically speaking and going by the name of the site but the site apparently is not aiming for any of those.

74. Islamic garden.com http://www.islamicgarden.com/

  • Rating 50%

A simple little website that covers the basics in Islam with a wide range of topics from Hijra to women’s issues. Each topic has a short introduction and the site owner has added a book to buy that will explain that topic in more detail. There are some good reviews of books on learning Arabic.
There is a good section on depression which is prevalent in our societies today. There is also a section that teaches you how to build an Islamic Web-Site and another on Inspirational true stories
Best feature: The section on depression is informative .and the poetry section has some original poems
What it lacks/ What could be added: More content added to each topic would add to the appeal of this small offering to the average Muslim surfer.

75. Islamcall.com http://www.islamcall.com/

  • Rating 50%

A site geared towards Da’wah but nothing exceptional

76. International Association for New Muslims.org http://www.4newmuslims.org

  • Rating 40%

Yet another good starting place for new Muslims which has a good start and has scope for further improvement

Best Feature: A site and project dedicated for new Muslims.

What it lacks/ What could be added: More resources to make this a really good site for new Muslims.

77. Institute of Islamic Information and Education http://www.iiie.net

  • Rating 40%

According to the site:
The Institute of Islamic Information and Education (III&E) is dedicated to the cause of Islam in North America through striving to elevate the image of Islam and Muslims by providing the correct information about Islamic beliefs, history and civilization from the authentic sources.

Apart from doing the above it has placed some very interesting brochures which are the reason for this site making it to this list and for Muslims apart from those residing in North America to visit it.

Best Feature: Some interesting brochures

What it lacks/ What could be added: Although basically meant for reflecting the activities of the III&E the webmaster should think of utilizing this valuable resource (the site) to put up more content to benefit all Muslims.

78. Real Islam.com http://www.realislam.com

  • Rating 40%

This is one of the many sites which are based on correct sources and the presentation, content etc are about average.

Best feature: Nothing outstanding

What it lacks/ What needs to be added: Needs input all round of better quality material.

79. Muhammadiyah.org.sg http://www.muhammadiyah.org.sg/article.htm

  • Rating 30%

Originally this site had some very good articles. Now it is under renovation, so the articles are not easily available directly from the home page but the link above will take you there. Some of the earlier articles seem to be missing. But hopefully the completed website should include all that and more. So keep this site in mind for visiting after a few months

Best Feature: Nothing Outstanding

What it lacks/ What needs to be added: As the site is under renovation it is best to watch and wait.

80. Sabbir.com http://www.sabbir.com/

  • Rating 30%


The sole reason for this site to come on the list is the two projects undertaken by brother Sabbir viz.

1. An audio of the English Translation of the Qur’aan (Muhsin Khan and Hilali) along with the Arabic recitation by Shaikh Mishary ayah by ayah. Parts of it are already up on the site for free downloading. As far as we know this is the only site offering the audio version of the Muhsin Khan and Hilali translation.

2. The upcoming audio version of Riyadh us Saaliheen

The audios already up on the site are of professional So visit this site just for getting the audio translation files.

Best Feature: Professional quality audio translation of the Qur’aan (partially completed)

What it lacks/ What could be added: More material should be added to the Aqeedah section which has negligible content right now.

81. The Sabr Foundation. http://www.sabr.com/

The Sabr Foundation has put up the following group of websites.

http://islam101.com/

http://muhammad.net/

http://barnabas.net/

http://crusades.org/

And each one deserves a review in its own right because they all have good and relevant content.

 

 

 

Anti Islaamic Websites

Exposé of three sites posting false convert stories

1. islamreview.com This site has posted fake stories of how Muslims converted to Christianity. How do I know? Read the following excerpt from one of the stories: First the ‘convert’ says: (emphasis added) In the end, I managed to convince my mother, as it was for Allah and I joined the Islamic College. Having graduated as an ustaz, I was soon posted to my neighbourhood… And then: My trip to Mecca for the Haj (pilgrimage) was tiring but eventful. I did not have the rare opportunity to see inside the holy Kabah and the holy idols inside, which Prophet Muhammad had helped to place, as explained in Bukhari’s Hadith An Ustaz (scholar) in Islamic Studies is saying that there are idols inside the Kabah and that too placed by Muhammad (saw) himself!?!?! This clearly shows that the author is deliberately trying to spread misinformation about Islaam and wants to convey to possible reverts to Islam that it is religion of idol worship. In fact most of the Christian sites use this tactic of false convert stories but it’s not always possible to prove it.

2. faithfreedom.org/ Alhamdulillaah I was able to catch another site posting fake stories of Muslims leaving Islam. See the false information imparted here. That the attempt is deliberate is known through the claim that the ‘convert’ has done detailed study about the topic. For Islamic Education, I had to study about marriage in detail to do well. So, I learned all the stuff and got the highest grade anyone can get for Islamic Education. And guess what? Because I know it so well, I know that there is a lot of discrimination against women in Islam. Things like a father and grandfather can marry a girl/woman to whomever they want even if the girl/woman doesn’t want to marry that person… In addition, I learned things like women couldn’t be witnesses in Shariah Courts and things like that. The first point here is a total lie whereas the second is a distorted version of the truth.

3. answering-islam.org/Testimonies/younathan.html Here’s yet another extract from a false convert story aimed at spreading misinformation about Islam. As I started thinking about my life and the Qur’an, I realized all Muslims, even the prophet Muhammad, would go to Hell for certain sins they committed in their lifetime. This is a common ploy of the Christian Missionaries. They first inform gullible victims that Jesus (God) is Love and just by believing in the Crucifixion, you will be assured of Paradise. Whereas the concept of God in Islam is so harsh that no one will be spared from Hell and that even Prophet Muhammad (saw) was not sure of where he would end up. For this purpose they quote an ayah of the Qur’an out of context. Here there have gone a step further by saying that even our beloved Prophet (saw) would have to go through hell. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Anti Islamic Sites under misleading names

  • muslimhope.com
  • islameyat.com
  • islamreview.com
  • muhammadanism.com
  • thespiritofislam.com/index.html
  • abrahamic-faith.com
  • gnfcw.com
  • knowislam.info/drupal/mno
  • homa.org/
  • thequran.com
  • Allahassurance.com
  • mosque.com
  • thespiritofislam.com/index.html
  • www.newislam.org

 

Anti Islaamic Sites apparent even by name

  • islam-exposed.org
  • answering-islam.org.uk
  • answeringinfidels.com
  • islamundressed.com
  • studytoanswer.net/myths_ch1.html
  • challenging-islam.org/submissions/shariah.htm
  • answering-islam.org
  • islamundressed.com
  • exmuslim.com
  • answeringinfidels.com
  • gnfcw.com
  • dhimmi.com
  • chick.com/information/religions/islam/
  • acage.org
  • apostatesofislam.com
  • secularislam.org
  • muslim-refusenik.com
  • icapi.org
  • hesetsfree.org
  • letusreason.org/Islamdir.htm
  • kafirnation.com
  • jihadwatch.org
  • anti-cair-net.org

Deviant Sites
1. Sunnah.org (www.sunnah.org) This is a site to beware of. It is full of deviant Sufism. It has a page in praise of Qasidat -ul Burdaa. It claims that Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al Qayyim, Ibn Hazm, Al-Jazai’ri, Al Abanee and bin Baaz are all Innovators!! Among other false claims on the website are the following statements about Kashf: Kashf (Unveiling) is a reality which refers to the miraculous knowledge of the awliya (friends of Allah). Such knowledge attains higher levels than that of any other knowledge of humankind and jinn including in certain cases the knowledge of Prophets. Thus it is related by one of the Imams of Hadith whose word lies beyond suspicion, that “it is well-known that he (Imam Nawawi) used to meet with Al-Khidr (as)” and converse with him among many other Mukaashafaat.

2. I Profess (www.iprofess.com/english.htm) You should know this site so you can avoid its potential harm. This site is meant for new Muslims or non-Muslims thinking about Islam. Judging from the home page you would feel like recommending this site to new Muslims. But once on this site, a person is just one click away (literally) from sites which are steeped in deviant Sufi ideas. Also those sites have long articles which try to prove that Kashf, Tariqah, etc are all Islamically valid. A person without sufficient grounding in the basics may fall into their lure or at least begin to have some doubts. Keep new comers away from this site and there is no benefit in it for ‘old hands’ either.

3. Sunni Path (www.sunnipath.com) Suffice it to say that this is a site which teaches the Nu Ha Mim Keller and Faraz Rabbani brand of Sufism

4. Living Islam (www.abc.se/~m9783/index.html) Among the false teachings of this site is the following example: Sharî’ah, Tarîqah And Haqîqah The Tarîqah or Spiritual Path which is usually known as Tasawwuf or Sufism is the inner and esoteric dimension of Islam and like the Sharî`ah has its roots in the Qur’an and prophetic practice.

5. The Modern Religion (www.themodernreligion.com) This site is similar to the above sites but more dangerous because its deviant Sufi teachings are not evident in the initial pages.

6. The Way to Truth (www.thewaytotruth.org) Here’s yet another site which does not reveal its true teachings until you are way inside the site. There are long pseudo Islamic articles with analogies like the one of a circle and its radii trying to prove their deviant ideas right. To provide a glimpse of their teachings we have excerpted the following from their site: “Sainthood is a proof for Messengership Sainthood is a proof for Messengership and the way or spiritual order (tariqa) is evidence for the Shari‘a. For a saint experiences with certainty of seeing the truths of belief communicated by the Messenger and confirms them through the witnessing of his heart and the spiritual pleasure he derives. Such confirmation is a decisive proof for the truth of Divine Messengership.” In another place they have posted the following articles: “THE SPIRITUAL LIFE IN ISLAM: SUFISM”; “Some Assertions Of Certain Saints On The Doctrine Of “Unity Of Being” What Does Knowledge Of God Is Different From Knowledge Of His Existence Mean?” ; “The Nine Clarifications About Muslim Sufism And Following A Spiritual Order”

7. Al Baz (www.al-baz.com) It is deviant site. This is the site for Al Baz book publishers and not a full fledged site. However it has some extracts from their publications so it turns up on search engine queries for Islamic terms. That’s how we came across this site. Also it is good to know about al Baz publishers so as to avoid buying some of their publications by mistake as their stated goals is ‘… to publish fine English translations of the Treasures of Islam; in particular the works of the great Muslim saints, with special emphasis on the writings and majalis [sessions] of the Chieftain of the Saints, Sultan al-Awliya’ Hazrat Shaikh Muhyi’d-din ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, al-Hasani, al-Husaini, may Allah perfume his resting place.’ Here’s an another extract from one of their publications posted on the site: ” This book contains the words of the Supreme Helper, the Lordly Cardinal Pole, the everlasting edifice, the radiantly shining lamp, the Sultan of the saints and the masters of direct knowledge, the proof of the chosen and those who have reached their spiritual destination, Allah’s Gray Falcon, our patron, our master and our exemplary guide to Allah (Exalted is He), the noble highborn patrician, the chieftain, Shaikh Muhyi ‘d-Din ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani al-Husain”

8. Islam Rocks (www.islamrocks.com) This site claims to be about traditional Islam but promotes Sufism and forbidden types of tasawwuf

9. www.masud.co.uk Deviant site promoting Sufis such as Nuh Keller and Abdul Hakim Murad. It has a lot of articles on refuting Salafees which Nuh Keller seems to have a zeal for. They also promote Q magazine which is a tabloid that’s supposed to be Islamic but has Sufi undertones.

10. Vashubah (www.vasuhba.com) The Official Site of the Murids of Shaykh Nuh Keller Very flashy site inviting you to lessons in Tasawuff by Nuh keller Lessons are offered in the sufi path and tariqas

11. TariqaTapes (www.tariqatapes.com) Tariqa Tapes is an online site dedicated to serving the murids of the Hashimi-Darqawi Order of the Tariqa of Imam Abul Hasan Al-Shadhili Allah be well pleased with him. Recorded darses available on this site are lectures given by Shaykh Nuh Keller

12. Our world by A. Bewely (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ABewley/ and http://bewley.virtualave.net/) Aisha Bewely has translated Adab al mufrad and many gems on Maliki fiqh on her site but sadly promotes Sufisim and group Dhikr. bewley.virtualave.net/ is the newer version of her website but still promotes the same.

Other Sufi sites

  • deenislam.co.uk
  • yanabi.com
  • sunniforum.com
  • saleel.com
  • ibnarabisociety.org
  • raza.co.za
  • naqshbandi.net
  • dawateislami.net
  • ahlesunnat.net/main.html
  • noori.org
  • taajushshariah.com
  • hazrat.org
  • bahu.co.za
  • alahazrat.net/index1.htm
  • sabiree.com
  • members.tripod.com/okarvi/
  • sunnirazvi.org
  • livingislam.org
  • iqra.net
  • its.org.uk/index.html
  • ahmedbaki.com
  • nurmuhammad.com
  • muhammadanreality.com

 

Shia Sites

  • al-islam.org Has content aimed at converting Sunnis.
  • revertmuslims.com Revert Muslims beware of this one especially!
  • tafseercomparison.org Deceptive site trying to undermine the Tafseers of scholars like Ibn Katheer and Qurtubi and the real Methodology of Tafseer. Do not visit this site unless you have a very advanced knowledge of Tafseer.
  • almizan.org Shia Tafseer
  • alhidaaya.org Not to be confused with http://www.al-hidaayah.co.uk which is an excellent publishing house
  • dartabligh.org
  • alemaan.org
  • duas.org
  • playandlearn.org
  • winislam.com
  • www.so.co.nz
  • sajda.org
  • aimislam.com
  • sistani.org
  • shiachat.com
  • al-shia.com
  • shia.org
  • shiasource.com
  • muslimyouth.ca
  • ashura.com
  • balagh.net/english/
  • imammehdi.org
  • nezam.org/english/index.htm
  • almujtaba.com
  • msfuo.com

Islamic Online University

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Mission

Making authentic Islamic knowledge readily available to the world through the Internet solely for God’s pleasure is a noble life-goal and a mission well worth sacrificing all of one’s energies and means for.

Dr. Bilal Philips,
Founder and Dean,
Islamic Online University

The Islamic Online University aims to grant global access to quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level Islamic education programs for students at virtually no cost. Its mission is “to change the Muslim nation and the world situation through appropriate education.”

The principles upon which the IOU is based are:

Knowledge: Quran and Sunnah

God said: “Indeed it is only the knowledgeable among His servants who truly fear Allah.” (35:28)

The Last Prophet said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”

 

 

 

 

 

Accessibility

The Islamic Online University already provides a golden opportunity to access Islamic courses wherever people may be and whenever they wish, without having to travel overseas or even leave the confines of their homes. Its goal is to be for anyone, any place at any time.

The Last Prophet said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads to Paradise.”

Affordability

The IOU demonstrates its continued commitment to spreading authentic Islamic knowledge by progressing from an absolutely free certificate and diploma level courses to a tuition free BA, thereby making higher Islamic education easily affordable worldwide. Free tuition for all students provides equal access to an education that few could afford if they attended traditional institutions of higher learning around the world.

God said: “Say: Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (39:9)

 

Community

No student will be prevented from studying at Islamic Online University, regardless of their religious, ethnic or social background. The IOU affirms that its doors will remain open for all, irrespective of the borders existing in the real world. It has already spawned a global community of over 18,000 students who seek Islamic knowledge from over 160 countries and share their knowledge and concerns in supervised student forums.

God said: “Cooperate with each other in righteousness and piety… ” (5:2)

Islamic ethics

It is the fundamental belief of the Islamic Online University that the Muslim teacher is essentially different from a teacher who merely happens to be a Muslim. Likewise, the Muslim student should be distinctly different from a student who so happens to be a Muslim. The IOU expects all its students, faculty, staff, administrators and volunteers to function as Muslims first and foremost in their respective positions and fields. Doing so will naturally entail maintaining the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility.

The Last Prophet said: “Indeed, Allah loves from each of you that whenever he or she does work, that is done according to the best of his or her ability.”

 

Quality and Application

Islamic Online University is committed to providing a top quality online academic experience, suitable in its scope and depth to convey authentic and practical Islamic knowledge, while at the same time enabling its students to face the contemporary challenges of the 21st century. IOU will assess and re-evaluate every aspect of its academic model on an ongoing basis and will not only encourage its students to study diligently, but also emphasize that they must strive their utmost to put the knowledge gained into practice.

The Last Prophet said, “The best of you is one who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it to others.”

He also said, “The best of you is the one most beneficial to people.”

The Last Prophet’s disciple, Ibn Mas’ood said, “We used to learn knowledge and its application together.”

Imaam Sufyaan ath-Thawree related that as a youth, when he first began to attend classes, his mother advised him, “If you write down 10 words and your faith hasn’t improved, check yourself.”

History

Islamic Online University (IOU) was originally a product of Dr Bilal’s teaching courses in Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai for seven years after Islamizing the complete curriculums of study for the college of education of the Sharif Kabunsuan College in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines in the early nineties. One year after the IOU’s establishment in 2001 the program ran into technical difficulties and had to shut down, however, the material developed for its courses was used to establish a department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University – Ajman, UAE and three years later the department had its first batch of BA graduates.

After running the Islamic Studies department at Preston for one year as its dean, Dr Bilal moved to Doha, Qatar, and in the beginning of 2007 established another BA in Islamic Studies (BAIS) program in Doha, approved by Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan for accreditation, under the title of the Islaamic Studies Academy.

The BA & MA programs of the IOU represent the online version of the Islamic Studies Academy’s accredited BAIS & MAIS programs, which are the only accredited BAIS & MAIS programs of studies available on the internet.

In April 2007 the Islamic Online University (IOU) reopened its doors with the popular Da’wah Training Course after a five-year interlude. To enhance the student’s learning experience, the server and the LMS (Learning Management System) of the IOU have been upgraded. As a result, the courses now have audios and Flash format videos enabling easy viewing online for all types of internet connections. There are also monthly online live student forums with Dr Bilal, as well as general forums for students to discuss and research together.

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