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INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM

Some Useful Information and Links About Islam on the Internet


DISCLAIMER: We're not claiming to be experts on the Islamic religion. But we're just providing information that we think would be useful.

If there is anything we should add or change, let us know


Today, Islam is the second largest religion on the planet, and the fastest growing one.

Therefore it is important for people to learn more about it. We have posted some information below for those interested.

See more at What is Islam (IslamiCity)


MUSLIM WORLD REACHES ITS HEIGHT IN THE 15TH CENTURY


SOME BASICS ABOUT ISLAM

THE FIVE PILLARS

The profession of faith (Shahada): The belief that "There is no god but God, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God."

Prayer (Salat): Muslims pray five times a day facing Mecca.

Charity (Zakat): In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need.

Fasting (Sawm): Muslims fast during the daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan.

Pilgrimage (Hajj): Every Muslim whose health and finances permit must make at least one visit to the holy city of Mecca.

Read more here on the five pillars of Islam (Islam Religion)


ISLAMIC ARTICLES OF FAITH

Basic Articles of Faith (The Religion of Islam)


THE HOLY QURAN

DISCLAIMER: We don't claim these books cover every aspect of Islam, or are entirely correct in every way. We are simply suggesting them as a public service.

Some of these translations of the Quran also offer a commentary.

TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND FOR PURCHASE

The Qur'an by Saheeh International (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free)

Pickthall Quran (Purchase Book)    (Read Online for Free)

The Meaning of the Holy Quran by Yusuf Ali (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free)

The Quran by M.H. Shakir (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free PDF)

The Holy Quran by Muhammad Sarwar (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free)

The Noble Quran by Muhammad Muhsin Khan (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free PDF)

 

TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The Holy Quran by Muhammad Ali

The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam by Thomas Cleary

The Holy Quran with English Translation and Commentary by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind by Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik

The Koran Interpreted: A Translation by A.J.Arberry (Purchase Book)   (Read Online for Free)

Sublime Quran Original Arabic and English Translation by Laleh Bakhtiar

(Laleh Bakhtiar is the first woman and American to have translated the Quran)

 

READ THE HOLY QURAN FOR FREE ONLINE

Read the Quran in Arabic and English (Quran.com)

Read the Quran in Arabic and English (Corpus.quran.com)

Read the Quran in Arabic and Listen to Recitation (Islamic Net)

Read the Quran in Arabic and Listen to Recitation (Quran Explorer.com)


SEARCH THE QURAN ONLINE BY TOPIC

Topic Index of the Quran

Complete Index of Quran Topics

Search Quran by Topics


COMMENTARY ON THE QURAN

BOOKS TO PURCHASE

The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary - by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Reading the Qur'an: The Contemporary Relevance of the Sacred Text of Islam - by Ziauddin Sardar

The Message of the Qur'an with 6 Volume Softcover Edition with Display Holding Box - by Muhammad Asad

The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in Today's English - by Yahiya Emerick

The Sacred Path to Islam: A Guide to Seeking Allah (God) & Building a Relationship (Understanding Islam | Learn Islam | Basic Beliefs of Islam | Islam Beliefs and Practices) - by The Sincere Seeker Collection

 

COMMENTARY ON THE QURAN TO READ FOR FREE ONLINE

Some Key Quotations From the Quran (World Future Fund)

Tafseer (Explanation) of Whole Quran by Nouman Ali Khan

An Exegesis of the Holy Qu'ran

Multi-Lingual Qu'ran with Commentary

Tafsir (Scholarly Interpretation) of the Quran


THE HADITH

Sunnah.com

Hadith Collection


ONLINE TOOLS FOR MUSLIMS

Zakat Calculator

Hajj and Umrah Guide PDF

Prayer Times

Islamic Finder Prayer Times

Islamic Hijri Calendar


ISLAMIC HISTORY

GENERAL

Britannica's History of the Muslim World

Life of the Prophet Mohammad

A Short History of Islam

History of Islam (Wikipedia)

History of Islam

A Brief Timeline of Early Islamic History (Wabashcenter)

Islam and Islamic History and The Middle East (Islamicity)

 

SUNNI ISLAM

History of Sunni Islam

Sunni Definition, Beliefs, & Practices (Britannica)

Sunnis and Shia: Islam's ancient schism (BBC, 1-4-16)

 

SHIA ISLAM

History of Shia Islam

Shia Islam: Origin, History & Founder (Study.com)

 

SUFISM

History of Sufi Islam

 

ISLAMIC EMPIRES

Major Muslim Empires During The Middle Ages

The Five Great Islamic Empires

List of Muslim States and Dynasties


WAHABBISM AND SALAFISM

There's a difference of opinion about the Wahabbi movement. We don't claim to take a side.

We are just posting this information below for those interested.

Wahabbism/ Salafi Movement (Wikipedia)

Analysis of Wahabbism (PBS Frontline)

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia (Book on Amazon)

Wahhabist Ideology: What It Is And Why It’s A Problem (Huffington Post, 12-22-16)

The Wahhabi Myth: Debunking the Bogeyman (Muslim Matters, 4-1-07)


TOLERANCE IN ISLAM

There is a history of tolerance in Islam toward other religions.

This could be because of the verse in the Quran that states there should be no compulsion in religion.

"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things (Quran Verse 2:256)."

Tolerance in Islam - Lessons From History (Islamicity)

Tolerance in Islam (Free Islamic Course)

A Diverse Sampling of Tolerance in the History of Islam

Religious Tolerance in Muslim History (About Islam)

Tolerance in Islam (Cyberstan)


GENERAL ISLAMIC WEBSITES

Al-Islam.org

Islamicity

Islamic Online Texts


ISLAMIC LAW

Islamic Laws

Law and Justice


ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Al-Hewar Online

Islamic Society of North America

Nation of Islam

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Arab American Institute Online

Islamic Intellectual Forum

Islamic Center Of America

Khilafah.com

Middle East Policy Council

Minaret of Freedom Institute

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Public Affairs Council

Sistani (Arabic, Farsi, English, French, Urdu)
(One of Iraq's leading Shiite religious leaders)


LINDA SARSOUR'S ORGANIZATIONS

Mpower Change

Until Freedom


MIDDLE EASTERN NEWS SOURCES

Al Jazeera Arabic
Al-Jazeera English

ArabNews

 Electronic Intifada

Hamas  (Palestine)  Alehed News   (Lebanon)      Press TV (Iran)

Gulf Times   Al Arabiya English   Iraqi News  Kurdistan 24  Rudaw (Kurdistan)  Middle East Eye

Syrian Arab News Agency  Syria Times    Syriana Analysis

Palestinian Information Center   AMN  Syria Times  Syria Analysis   Middle East Monitor


BOOK STORE

Halalco Books & Gifts Homepage


PROGRESSIVE ISLAM

Muslims for Progressive Values


THE INFLUENCE OF ISLAM ON MALCOLM X

Malcolm X in Mecca 1964 (World Future Fund)

Autobiography of Malcolm X on Amazon

Malcolm X Wikipedia