Sunday, 14 November 2010

Compilation and Description of Beneficial Islamic Websites


As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh,

Sharif  has compiled the following list due to a large number of requests for beneficial Islamic websites. He thought it may be worth posting in islamic forum for benefit, and further suggestions are welcomed. Please keep in mind that this list was intended for an audience comprising of a wide range on the 'practicing' spectrum, from non-practicing, to taking a learning interest in Islam, to the spiritually learned. Hence, the list was compiled in accordance with a demand for simplicity and convenience.

Most Recommended:
Probably the most useful Islamic website, by Shaykh Muhammad b. Salih al-Munajjid, a scholar and student of Shaykh Ibn Baz. Contains a continually updated database of questions and answers, providing proofs from the Qur'an, Sunnah, and statements from the books of classical and contemporary ulama. One could find the answer to virtually any question in regards to fiqh, aqeedah, etc.

[Books, Articles, Video, Audio]
This website contains a wealth of material, including books published by Darussalam and other publishers, viewable in the form of PDF files for free. If one were to only visit one website on this list, due to lack of time or other reasons, it should be this one. |
[Mostly Audios, also Books, Articles, and Videos]
Run by the same brothers as kalamullah, containing some additional material.
[Articles, Books]
A blog containing translated materials from classical and contemporary ulama, including Ibn Taymiyah, Ibn al-Qayyim, Abdullah Azzam, and many others. Frequently updated. Full of gems and pearls.
A very scholarly blog constructed by students of knowledge in Madinah, Umm al-Qura, and Dar al-Hadith, aimed at teaching the proper aqeedah (creed) and tawheed (concept of God; oneness or montheism), and refuting arguments used by detractors of the authentic Islamic creed (mushrikeen) in regards to worship and beliefs about Allah.
[Books and Articles]
A huge database of Islamic material ranging on every topic.

Also Highly Recommended:

Videos [Videos]
A program in which speakers are invited to talk on various subjects. New episodes are filmed and released frequently. [Videos]
Similar to Tubeislam (see below)[Videos]
Fundamental Islamic Knowledge & Seminary. Online courses in aqeedah, basic fiqh, conversational arabic, grammar, hadith, tafseer, and tajweed, taught by brother Abu Taubah from New York City, who studied under scholars from Mauritania.

Audio lectures and Articles [Articles, Audio]
Contains a huge database of articles by scholars on topics such as knowledge, worship, da'wah, purification of the soul, etc. [Articles, Audio, Books]
Contains what is probably the largest collection of audio lectures online, as well as articles and books in Microsoft Word or PDF format. [Articles, Audio]
Contains many fantastic articles and audios.

IslamicAwakening.Com [Articles, Audio]
Contains a huge (and continually updated) database of articles by various authors, as well as frequent updates on the news, as relevant to Muslims.

Articles [Articles]
Website containing a wealth of engaging and beneficial articles. Good for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
In the form of a website, the famous treatise on Islam and proofs from science, history, and the life of the Prophet (saws), A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam. Though not as scholarly as Dr. Brown's books (see below), nevertheless great for da'wah, and distinguished for its concise and readable presentation.

More websites specifically intended for the purpose of downloading free books (in addition to Kalamullah):

IslamBasics [Books]

Books of Islam [Books]

Islam E-books [Books]

Thread from [Books]

Qur'anic Resources:
Contains the entire English translation of Tafsir Ibn Kathir (abridged), organized by verse.
Useful for searching verses of Qur'an, and hadith.
A useful website containing the entire Qur'an, as well as the most highly regarded English translations of the meanings of the Qur'an. Useful for looking up verses and their translations.

Website in which users post their own insights into specific verses. Comments receive votes for usefulness.

Websites of Shaykh Yusuf Estes:
Most of his other (many) websites can be found through this link, including websites dedicated entirely to specific topics, such as,,,,,,,,,,, and [Videos]
A website containing speeches and lectures given by Shaykh Yusuf Estes. [Videos]
A website containing a large collection (constantly updated) of authentic Islamic videos, in which members upload videos which are subsequently approved for Islamic content by moderators before being posted.
See description above. [Audios]
Containing clips and lectures from speakers such as Shaykh Yusuf, Salem al-Amry, and others, regarding a variety of topics.

Dr. Laurence Brown
The website of Dr. Laurence (Abdullah) Brown. Contains a number of engaging articles, and information about his books, which in my opinion, offer the most scholarly and compelling cases for Islam as the completion and final revealed manifestation of the teachings of the prior prophets, such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Unfortunately, they remain relatively unknown, despite their value. I wrote more about his books, here.

They can be found on, and are as follows:
The First and Final Commandment
Dr. Brown's original book.

MisGoded and Goded
Same material, revised and supplemented with new information, and divided into two books.

Sample Pages: MisGoded | Goded

The Eighth Scroll
Historical novel, offering insights into the Dead Sea Scrolls, the teachings of Jesus Christ and his earliest followers, and the situation of the monotheistic faiths. Website here.

Bearing True Witness
Primer for new Muslims, intended to guide them through the issues that often perplex converts to Islam, such as the fiqh of the madhabs, aqeedah, Sufism, and other issues. Geared primarily towards Western converts.

Speakers and Lectures

Finally, I would like to draw attention to (some) speakers who I feel are worthy of attention. The best of their lectures can be found easily on and Lectures from these speakers can also be conveniently found on It should be noted, however, that not all of the speakers on halaltube are authentic or reliable.

Under the name of some speakers, I included the titles and links to lectures which I personally enjoyed and found benefit from. Of course, authentic and engaging speakers are by no means limited to this list. Please see kalamullah and hoor-al-ayn (under "lectures") to see which speakers are worthy of benefiting from.

Their lectures, either in audio or video format, can be found elsewhere on the internet, such as by simply typing their name into Youtube, Tubeislam, or Islamictube.

Ali al-Timimi
[ Kalamullah ]

Abdur Raheem Green
[ Kalamullah / Halaltube ]

-Pray Before You Are Prayed Upon [Video] - A Motivating lecture about the importance of salaah and the dangers of not performing it.
-Islam & Democracy [Video] - A lecture addressing Islam's position on democracy and rule via manmade laws.
-Passion of Jesus, Son of Mary [Video] - A lecture discussing the origins of Christian doctrine, the Nicene Creed, and the origins of such festivals as Christmas and Easter.
-Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll (or Is There More to Life?)[Video]
-Suspicions About Islam [Video] - A lecture addressing common accusations against Islam.

Anwar al-Awlaki
[ Kalamullah / Hoor al-ayn ]

-Battle for the Hearts and Minds - A look at current events from an ideological perspective.
-Allah is Preparing Us For Victory
-The Bearers of Glad Tidings (part of the Imam's extensive series on the Seerah of the Prophet) - About the signs of the final prophet (saws) in the previous scriptures
-Quest for Truth: The Story of Salman al-Farsi

Bilal Philips
[ Tubeislam / Halaltube ]

Husain Abdus-Sattar
See his General Talks series, which are good for self-development.
(Note that this speaker, despite his affiliation with Sufism, is an anomaly in that he is relatively free from creedal deviations. He is Deobandi in background.)
-Being Intelligent (about the restriction of one's lower self, or nafs)

Khalid Yasin
[ Kalamullah audio / Kalamullah video]

-Purpose of Life [Audio]
-Purpose of Life [Video]
*Excellent for da'wah to Muslims and non-Muslims.

Muhammad al-Shareef
[ Kalamullah / Hoor-al-ayn ]

-The World's Bravest People [Audio] - A powerful and moving lecture discussing the plight of our oppressed brothers and sisters in Islam.
-The EmanRush Zone [Audio]
-Sleeping Habits of Allah's Messenger [Audio]

Nouman Ali Khan
[ Kalamullah / Bayyinah Institute]

-Divine Speech (Prologue), etc.

Yusuf Estes
[ HearIslam / WatchIslam / TubeIslam ]

In regards to books for English speakers, among the first books sharif would recommend would be The Fundamentals of Tawheed by Bilal Philips. This book will acquaint the reader with the correct Islamic theological beliefs, and give him or her a strong basis in the most fundamental tenet of Islam, tawheed. The book can be purchased here or read here for free. What is distinctive about Dr. Bilal Philip's books is his ability to break down concepts on virtually any topic into easy terms for a reader. The information contained in this book is also present on the blog, listed above.

Sharif also highly recommended any book by the legendary scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, and his student, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah - on virtually any topic. Books may be listed by topic or author on a number of websites listed above.

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