The internet provides a sea of knowledge. With such vast information available at our fingertips, it can get difficult and confusing to filter out authentic Islamic websites from the rest. Since a vast majority of Muslims and non Muslims turn to the World Wide Web to research and learn more about the various aspects of Islam, making sure people read things that are in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah rather than falling prey to deviant websites is of utmost importance.
With this issue in mind, a group of my student researchers were directed to compile a list authentic Islamic websites on a rating scale of 1-10 with a review of each website, to help you understand better.
Criteria used in rating the sites:
- Audio content
- Video content
- Any other type like Flash presentations, PowerPoint etc
1. Sunnah Online www.sunnahonline.com/main.htm
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.
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.