This list of websites and its ratings were graciously borrowed from the compilation on Dr. Bilal Phillips’ own website.
The World Wide Web 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 on the internet. 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 used with caution.
The field of Islamic studies is no exception to this phenomenon. In fact the problem here is compounded by the many misinterpretations of Islam that have found a way to reach a world wide audience on a scale never before seen. Sites on the net may be confusing and sometimes misleading for those not strongly grounded in the basics of the religion. Concern about this issue led Dr. Phillips 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. Sites that are not recommended will not be listed here in order to facilitate clarity and minimize confusion.
For the criteria used to rate each website, please click here.


 

sunnahonline
1. Sunnah Online

www.sunnahonline.com/main.htm

Rating 9.5/10

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.

 


 

islamQA
2. Islam QA.com

http://www.islam-qa.com

Rating 9.5/10

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.

 


 

understandislam
3. Understand Islaam

http://www.understand-islam.net/

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 9/10

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.

 


 

fatwaonline5. Fatwa Online.com

http://www.fatwa-online.com/

Rating 9/10

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.

 


 

islamway6. Islam Way.com (English)

http://english.islamway.com/

Rating 9/10

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.

 


 

islamweb7. Islam Web.net

http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/MainPage/indexe.php

Rating 9/10

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.


 

islamhouse8. Islam House

islamhouse.com

Rating 9/10

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.


 

8.Why-islam.org

http://www.whyislam.org

Rating 9/10

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 9/10

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.

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.


 

islamweb11. Fatwa-online.com

http://www.fatwa-online.com

Rating 9/10

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.