Category Archive: Islamic Website Reviews

Nov 03

Is IslamiCity.com Still Relevant? – Part 1

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In the early days of the web, IslamiCity was the Big Daddy of the Muslim web. It had more Islamic features, articles and information than any other website.

Apr 15

Khaleafa.com: the Islamic Approach to Environmentalism

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Muaz Nasir’s new blog called Khaleafa.com is focusing attention on the Islamic approach to environmentalism.

Feb 10

Online Muslim Resources – an Islamic Website Review Service

Online Muslim Resources

There are so many Islamic websites now that it’s hard to know what’s worth your time. That’s where Online Muslim Resources comes in.

Oct 27

MuslimMatters.org – a Muslim blog at its best

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I’m a fan of MuslimMatters.org, a multi-author Muslim blog which features articles on a wide variety of subjects, from Muslim world news and analysis, to the arts, to spirituality, to family issues, and more.

Aug 29

Profound writing at New Islamic Directions, even though it does not allow comments

Imam Zaid Shakir

I am a big fan of Imam Zaid Shakir. I find him to be knowledgeable in a relevant way, and still very humble and sincere, may Allah aid him and preserve him. He is now publishing some of his writing at his website, New Islamic Directions.

Jul 29

IslamicAnswers.com, an important service and an attractive website

I don’t think there is anything else on the web like IslamicAnswers.com. There are several good fatwa websites, but IslamicAnswers.comis the only one in which a staff of lay people armed only with common sense and experience dole out common-sense advice on every imaginable type of family, marriage, parenting, or relationship issue. Some of the problems people bring to the website are quite shocking. Adultery, drug use, abortions, lies and abuse. The editors reply to each one with compassion, and sometimes indignation.

Dec 08

Masjid Fresno Website: Mistakes to Avoid

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When I talk to people at the mosque and they find out I’m a web developer, they often complain to me about the mosque’s website. They say that it’s too cluttered, difficult to navigate, and generally not useful. One person told me that the Imam pays a web development company $400 per month to maintain the site, and has rejected offers from Muslim students to do it free of charge.

As far as appearance and navigation, they are right. The Masjid Fresno website is a case in point of what not to do as far as design and usability.

Nov 16

Cannot recommend the Ummah1 Forum

Ummah1 was founded last year, and I was one of the early members, having joined in January 2009. The website grew to almost 3,000 members, predominantly African-American, but also with a scattering of members of other ethnicities and nationalities. Members share personal photos and Islamic videos, make friends, and discuss Islamic issues through the forum.

At first I enjoyed my time on the site and made frequent use of the forum. I also connected with a few old friends who happened to join the site.

However, the forum on Ummah1 is unmoderated, and in the last few months it has become an acrimonious and unhealthy place.