[Must-Visit Sites]: Recommended Websites for Muslim Youth
Are you a serial web surfer?
If no, hang on – I have some great recommendations for you.
If yes, where do you hang out online; on which sites do you spend most of your time?
Because there are websites and there are websites ‘with a difference’. You should visit those with a difference for personal growth and a soul enriching experience.
You will get educated and maybe entertained, network with like – minded community members, get motivated & inspired to become a better person.
From engaging materials, resources & membership options, such sites provide a range of products + high quality services that will add value to your life.
Better to get a unique double combo online experience – enlightening & faith-i-fied, than kill time surfing away.
Let’s countdown to 12 great websites for Muslim Youth.
12. Islamic Online University (IOU).
An online distance learning university founded by Dr Bilal Phillips.
IOU offers a wide subject range of free Diploma courses, Bachelors in Islamic Studies (BAIS) & new Bachelors in Psychology. Also available are the certificate & diploma options for the Bachelors’ with learning materials in different formats – audios, pdf texts, flash videos etc.
Informative webinars are run from time to time. And the site is regularly updated with new features and resources. It is an educational hub which will serve every knowledge seeking youth, no doubt.
11. The Deen Show.
The Deen show with Eddie, is a TV Talk show where the message of Islam is discussed with a core focus on the ‘purpose of life’. I watched my first episode via a forwarded email from my dear cousin. I have since become a fan and watch the show on both Islam channel and Huda TV.
The host, Br. Eddie is engaging and his guests are an interesting mix of people who share their stories – mostly of their journey to Islam and living Islam in different yet unique ways – from ex-music/ movie stars to great community leaders. The website houses past shows, a blog, store, articles, videos and more.
10. Wives of Jannah.
An online community for Muslim wives in the west. Although I believe it serves Muslims from around the globe. You will find resources such as articles, ebooks, video training programs, past sessions & private members forums + more, all grounded in pure Islamic teachings.
Sr. Megan Wyatt is the founder of wives of Jannah. She teaches practicable hands on approach to building positive relationships, with programs either for sisters alone or for couples. She gives a balanced message of hope and love in marriage – while not forgetting the challenges and realities.
9. Pure Matrimony.
Pure Matrimony helps single practising Muslims to find their life partners without compromising their deen – the halaal way. It has a vision embedded in the Ayah which states, ”women of Purity are for men of Purity and men of Purity are for women of Purity” (Qur’an 24:26).
The site through its articles and features targets practising Muslims in a bid to help facilitate meeting with compatible partners. They have privacy policies put in place to prevent free mixing and protect both parties from time wasters.
8. Ummaland. An up & coming social networking site for Muslims. With set-up, tools and interactions directed to a muslim audience; Its features include those for setting up interests pages & blogs, social media sharing and adding friends, it is a safe place to interact with like minded individuals.
Relevant Islamic courses are promoted from time to time. Some free courses are also available and a library with growing number of articles and documents is accessible. It is a site worth exploring with its networking, educational and entrepreneurial potentials.
7. Muslim Life Hackers. Formerly Muslim life Hacks, this site presently features pod-casts centred on topics around motivation and personal growth. They shows are easy to listen to typically running for less than 30 minutes. They are accompanied by a downloadable option of recording, show notes and related resources. The young hosts Mifrah Mahroof & Maheen Malik are calm yet vibrant in their approach.
6. Muslim Youth Musings. This is a site which focuses on providing unique Islamic literature authored by Muslim youth from all over the world. It serves as an online literary magazine filled mostly with written articles from different genres eg poems, memoirs and short stories, haikus and book reviews.
The writings have a stimulating appeal and awakens the imagination. The stamp of Islamic perspective does not take away from the subject matter & message of articles.
5. Half our Deen (HOD). HOD is a private Muslim matrimonial website with a no ads policy. HOD is acclaimed the world’s most affordable, private, trusted Islamic Muslim marriage site. It uses a creative and innovative way to help single Muslims meet and connect with potential spouses far from the conventional matrimonial sites’ approach.
With privacy as top priority & honesty a key policy, the site’s privacy standards are unequaled. It isn’t really a place to hang out; it is a private site & more specific in purpose. So if you are ready to find your better half, register today to get started on your mission.
4. Productive Muslim. Started as a personal journal by Mohammed Faris a.k.a Abu Productive, Productive Muslim is a brand targeted at young Muslims; to teach about productivity infusing the latest productivity techniques as well as Islamic teachings.
Through articles, animations, doodles, seminars and other resources, the site serves as an an online productivity portal for Muslims seeking a more productive lifestyle. The site combines education with creativity and engagement using different senses and modalities.
3. Purify Your Gaze. A safe online space dedicated to helping Muslims & their families, who may be struggling with pornography and sex addiction. The site and it’s features are set up to direct such Muslims to find the guidance, healing and acceptance they need on their journey towards recovery.
It is the world’s first addiction recovery platform for Muslims, with a promise to help addicts break free from unwanted sexual behaviours. Recovery tools, personal coaching, peer driven support, self-study courses with a dedicated member area with resources & services can all be accessed through the site.
2. Ummah Films. This is a Muslim film company which aims to provide Islamically permissible entertainment to a wide range of audience. Some of their popular series include Ask Baba Ali and The Reminder Series.
In a world where nudity and profanity reigns, Ummah films’ productions feel like a breadth of fresh air. All you need is your computer and good Internet connection, and in short bursts you get to relax, laugh it off and get reminded about important Islamic teachings. You really need to check the videos out.
1. Lost Islamic History. This site aims to educate people about past Muslim civilizations and empires with a balanced perspective. It will take you back to ancient Islamic history and covers different angles of the events and happenings of the Muslim world. Authored by Firas Alkhateeb, he writes about Muslim Inventors, great reverts, scholars and other great personalities worth knowing about.
The site takes you back into the past, by way of authentic knowledge and great information. You will be lost in wonder and amazement at the value of true Islamic heritage. If you know where you are coming from, you feel confident at where you are at right now, and can better plan where you are heading. Don’t you agree?
So where do you like to hang out online? Share some of your favourite sites below.