A List of Some of My Favorite Islamic Sites and Resources Online

18 02 2008

I thought that I would compile a list of Islamic sites that I have found particularly useful throughout my journey as a Muslimah.  Here you will find Islamic video, audio, and written articles and info (mostly in English).  Some of these I have stumbled upon myself and others have been suggested to me. 

It’s Oprah’s favorite things, Muslimah style!

Enjoy! 😀

Video (FREE):

www.islamictube.net (excellent, mash’Allah!)

http://thedeenshow.com/show.php (insh’Allah check it out!)

http://tubeislam.com/ (Formally youtubeislam by Yusuf Estes. Many Various Islamic videos.)

http://www.isyoutube.com/index.php (a large selection of Islamic videos)

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=khalifahklothing (very good full length lectures from various scholars. I especially like this one because new videos are uploaded very frequently.)

http://www.lightuponlight.com/islam/

http://www.aswatalislam.net/ (Video, live streaming tv (in both english and arabic), islamic articles, and many audio lectures to choose from)

http://www.halaltube.com/ (islamic audio and video, very well organized! Mash’Allah)

www.muslimvideo.com(you have the option of watching live islamic tv or watching/uploading videos Be sure to check out the group Sunnahfollowers.Net)

www.muxlim.com (Be sure to check out Sunnahfollowers Channel!)

http://www.nasheedtube.com/ (nasheeds9ik]=’

http://www.idca.org.au/content/view/34/59/

 

Free Islamic TV Streaming Online:

Huda TV (English):

http://www.huda.tv/defaultN.aspx?rt=15

ShareIslamTV, PeaceTV, Huda, Taraweeh, and Islam Channel (Click on the red drop down menu to choose a channel)

http://watchislam.com/tv4/

Free Islamic Classes and lectures online:

www.sunnahfollowers.net (offers a 2 week guarantee join for 2 weeks consistantly and your iman should grow. Also offers live classes held everyday. Some of the speakers are:  Sister Laila Nasheeba,  Shaykh Mustapha Morsey,Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali, Shaykh Hasan Khalil, Brother Muhammad Shameem, and the list is ever growing!  Plus, they play benefitial lectures and videos from various scholars and speakers between class times. So, the rememberance of Allah is always ongoing! I can personally attest to the benefit of this site. As you can see, I can’t say enough about it. I highly recommend it!)

www.chatislam.com (offers several classes).

Islamic Audio (some of these sites also contain Islamic articles and videos) ALL ARE FREE:

http://www.islamicmedia.com.au/index.php

www.dremali.com (articles and lectures given by Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali)

http://www.ibadarrahman.org/ (contains audio from khutbahs and lectures given at Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman Masjid in Durham, NC by the imam and others)

http://www.islamactive.net/ (contains articles, video, and audio from various scholars and lecturers)

http://www.audioislam.com/?whatsnew (alot of audio files from various speakers and scholars)

http://www.islaam.com/Lectures.aspx (audio lectures and islamic articles by various scholars and lecturers)

http://nadeem.lightuponlight.com/ (free downloads of lectures,videos, nasheeds, screensavers, islamic ebooks, etc)

http://www.aswatalislam.net/  (I put this in the video category but I’m also going to put it here because this site contains a large selection of audio (lectures, nasheeds, Quran, and misc)

Qur’an Online (FREE):

http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/quran/

http://quranicaudio.com/index 

http://www.quranexplorer.com/

www.searchtruth.com

Ebooks and Articles(FREE):

http://www.islamworld.net/ (tafsir, Qur’an, hadiths, ebooks, articles, for non muslims, new muslims, and old muslims, very good site!)

http://abdurrahman.org/ebooks.html

http://www.geocities.com/kkhaan/books.html

http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/index.htm

http://www.islamqa.com/index.php?pg=articles&type=1&ln=eng

http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?setfilter=all

http://www.jannah.org/articles/

http://www.soundvision.com/info/ (articles and islamic online store)

http://www.alminbar.com/ (khutbahs)

http://alhidaayah.net/books.html

http://imaan.net/

http://seerah.net/

For the Kids (FREE):

http://www.kidsmedia.net/

Some Other Sites:

http://www.sultan.org/ (great list of islamic resources and sites)

www.islamhouse.com (very good site with Audio, video, books, and articles in over 70 different languages).

www.whyislam.org  (very good daw’ah site with well written articles and free pamphlets and Qur’ans)

http://www.survivorsareus.com/ (Full of great info, mash’Allah!)

http://www.life-islam.blogspot.com/ (articles written by an American convert to Islam now living in Saudi, very insightful, motivational, and educational, must read!)

http://alqamardesigns.com/

www.islamweb.net (In English, Arabic or French. Contains audio and articles and current events. Also has a really nice kids section)

Some Favorite Islamic Shopping Sites:

http://www.desertstore.com/ (very nice clothing for men, women, and children as well as a selection of other things. Very fashionable quality clothing that still covers properly.  Pretty decent shipping prices…Ships from Saudi)

http://essenceofblack.com/

http://www.islamicboutique.com/default.asp

http://www.alhediya.com/ (great islamic apparel from Kuwait but ships worldwide! I’m soooo sad that it is going out of business but they’re having a HUGE SALE! so stock up!)

http://www.al-ikhlas.com/ (nice selection of hijabs, abayas/sets, salwar kameez, tunics, caftans, and more. Ships from US, very good prices.

http://www.al-muminat.com (islamic clothing for women)

http://www.quickbizsites.com/desertboutique ( Also located in Kuwait but ships worldwide! islamic clothing, accessories, home decor, jewelry, audio, and  more)

http://www.modestyisbeautiful.com

http://www.dar-us-salam.com/ (great prices on books, audio, etc)

http://www.astrolabe.com/ (large US based online Islamic store offering, audio, games, videos)

www.soundvision.com

Hmmm……this is all that I can think of for now. Insh’Allah I will update as I discover new sites. Feel free to email me your own favorite sites if you would like to have them added.

May Allah accept our efforts, forgive us our sins, and make these links be of benefit to many. ameen!

**”I have never had any problem with any of these sites. However, use these sites at your own discretion. I am in no way responsible for anything that occurs at these sites. I do not necessarily agree with the content on external sites. I do not own any of them and all rights are reserved to the proper owners.**

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16 Things You Can Do On The Night Of Power (Laylat Al Qadr)

3 10 2007

16 things you can do on the Night of Power

BY: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3). Any action done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.

Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Muslim). Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet.

Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, related that the Prophet said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).

The Prophet said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).

Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the time before and after it.

1. Take a vacation for Allah

We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator.

If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra Ibadah, not having to worry about getting to work the next day.

It will also facilitate doing Itikaf.

2. Do Itikaf

It was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf.

Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat, recitation and study of the Quran. They do not go outside the masjid except in case of emergencies, therefore, they sleep in the masjid. Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food needs.

Itikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple of days is encouraged as well.

3. Make this special Dua

Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”

4. Recite the Quran

Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih this past Ramadan to recite.

If you attend a class where the recitation of the Quran is taught, this is a great time to put your knowledge into practice.

5. Reflect on the meaning of the Quran

Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you’ve heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level.

(If you want to study the Quran with more understanding, check out Way to the Quran and Access to Quranic Arabic.

6. Get your sins wiped out

Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven. [Bukhari and Muslim).

Don’t just pray using the shorter Surahs that you know. Try to make your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful. If you are familiar with longer Surahs, read the translation and explanation and then pray reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the meaning while you pray.

Even if you are only familiar with the shorter Surahs, read the translation and explanation beforehand, and then pray reflecting on the message of the Surahs.

This is a good way to develop the habit of concentration, even in regular prayers, where many of us tend to be fidgety and/or easily distracted.

7. Make a personal Dua list.

Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready, you can do three things:

• Ask Allah to give you those things
• Think about what actions you have taken to get those things
• Develop a work plan to get those things in future.

8. Evaluate yourself.

Ask yourself those questions that need to be asked. Do an evaluation of where you are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the bad you have done. (see a short and a long evaluation guide) This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah’s sincere forgiveness when making the Dua mentioned in tip number one above.

9. Make long, sincere and deep Duas

One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night.

Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).

That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is Halal. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction.

For some tips on making Dua please see the article Some personal Duas you can make.

10. Memorize a different Dua every night

They don’t have to be long. They can be just one line. And be sure to know what they mean generally at least, even if you don’t know the exact translation in English.

You can put them on index cards (or and keep them with you during the day, glancing at them during work, while driving, waiting in line, etc.) Then practice them at night in prayer.

11. Have Iftar with the family

If you’ve spent Iftar time on weekdays in your cubicle at work alone with a couple of dates, now is the last few days you’ll have this Ramadan to spend with your family. Use it wisely.

12. Take the family to Tarawih

Have your spouse and kids missed Tarawih most of Ramadan because you weren’t there to drive them to the Masjid, which is too far away to walk to? If so, do all of yourselves a favor and bring everyone for Tarawih in these last ten nights.

13. Attend the Dua after the completion of Quran recitation

Almost all Masjids where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of the Quran in Tarawih prayers in Ramadan will be completing their recitation in these last ten nights. They may try to end on one of the odd nights and read the Dua at the end of a reading of the Quran. Attend this particular night’s Tarawih prayer with your family. See if you can attend different Masjids’ Tarawih prayers the night they finish reading the Quran.

14. Finish reading a book on the Prophet

Read about the Prophet’s life, which can increase your love for him and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah’s sake. It may inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.

15. Plan for the next year

Once you’ve done a self-evaluation, you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from your worship), since you’ll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and one night for planning for the next year.

16. To do list for the Night of Power

Make a to do checklist for each Night of Power. This should define how you would like your night, the one better than a thousand months, to be used. Pick things from this list and define the sequence you would like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in unproductive chats which common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at the Night of Power.

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Signs of Laylat Al Qadr(The Night Of Power)

3 10 2007

The signs by which Laylat al-Qadr is known

The first sign: it was reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka’b (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) announced that one of its signs was that when the sun rose on the following morning, it had no (visible) rays. (Muslim, 762).

The second sign: it was reported from the hadeeth of IbnAbbaas narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah, and by al-Tayaalisi in his Musnad, with a saheeh isnaad, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Laylat al-Qadr is a pleasant night, neither hot nor cold, and the following day the sun rises red and weak.”(Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 2912; Musnad al-Tayaalisi).

The third sign: it was reported by al-Tabaraani with a hasan isnaad from the hadeeth of Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Laylat al-Qadr is a bright night, neither hot nor cold, in which no meteors are seen.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer. See Majmaal-Zawaa’id, 3/179; Musnad Ahmad).

These three saheeh ahaadeeth explain the signs which indicate Laylat al-Qadr.

It is not essential for the one who “catches” Laylat al-Qadr to know that he has “caught” it. The point is to strive hard and to be sincere in worship, whether or not one knows that one has “caught” it. It may be that some of those who do not know that may be better with Allaah and higher in status than those who did know which night it was, because the former strove hard. We ask Allaah to accept our fasting and our prayer at night, and to help us to remember Him and to thank Him and to worship Him properly. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.