Assalaam alaikum wrt,
A note about Islam and the Internet:
Over the course of 7 years and developing this website I have some observations for Muslims and those seeking information about Islam: First, BE CAREFUL about what you read. I've been through hundreds of sites and it is amazing that some will say "TRUE ISLAM" or even have nice Islamic titles, and they turn out to be wack information pages [many written by people against Islam]. You want to read "the other side", you say. Why read a page on Islam by a non-Muslim? Most contain inaccuracies, misconceptions and strategically present Islam in a bad light on purpose without giving the complete explanation and understanding of issues. Learn about Islam with an open mind from the sources of Quran and Sunnah and practicing Muslims and decide FOR YOURSELF what you think about it. The nature of the internet is such that anyone can publically advance their views freely [a good thing] and claim to be anything, but make sure what you are reading is from authentic Muslim sources. The internet should only be used as a resource and anything suspect should be checked out and explored; better sources being your local Imam, knowledgable Muslims, Mosque, Islamic center or Muslim Students Association.
Secondly, there is alot of desire to create a Muslim presence on the web, which is great. Yet the pages of most Muslims contain maybe a few redundant links seen already. What is NEEDED is specialization and branching out. Dedicated sites on things like 'Islamic History', 'Holidays in Islam', 'Islam and Science', 'Islamic Art', 'Islam and Women', 'Islam and Educating your child', Muslim search engines, new Islamic shareware, screensavers, downloadable coloring books, recipes, quiz programs, reference databases, sites for kids and youth, etc are much needed. Explore what is out there already and just try to find a subject or theme you like and collect links, articles, pictures and develop a GREAT page or software on that subject. Don't forget to have your titles as descriptive as possible, as you can see from some titles down below, it is hard to figure out what some pages are about! Also, ALWAYS back up your site [ie on disk]. If it crashes, is hacked or you decide you don't want it anymore you can give it to someone else so we can always have continuation and building upon information on the web, instead of every Muslim starting from scratch every time. Lastly, a heartfelt request, please please add any good sites that you have discovered or know about!!
1 Jumad al-Thani 1422
August 20 2001
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