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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.com is the only one in which a staff of lay people, utilizing 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.

The amazing thing is that the volunteer staff of only five editors (three women and two men) answer every single question, even if there is a delay due to the large backlog of questions in the queue. They answer about two or three every day. The answers are frequently given with evidence from Quran and Sunnah, but again the focus is not on fatwas or legal rulings but simple common-sense advice.

The formula is clearly working, as the website traffic has been constantly climbing and recently soared past 2,000 readers per day. The website is looking for additional qualified editors, by the way, so if you think you’ve got what it takes you should contact them. The requirements are basic Islamic education, life experience, common sense, and compassion.

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