Sunday, February 27, 2005

Muslim Presence Online

Salaam alaikum,

I decided to hop on the web and see what kind of websites were out there for various masajid in the Anglophone world. I didn't worry too much about Great Britian or Australia. Partly because I have seen many fabulous websites from our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic and partly because I think the lack of online presence is more of a problem in the States. Unfortunately, we yanks haven't tapped into the endless possibilities that the internet offers. I am not sure if that is because some of us are afraid that our masajid will become targets of arson by some racists but our lack of online presence hasn't really protected us from that. As Living Tradition has stated before, there are many Muslims with training in computer science but we don't understand why their talents haven't been tapped into by the more influential members of the community.

But I did find some websites from various masajid throughout the U.S. so if you are planning on developing a website for your masjid, here are some examples to help you. Some of the websites are very nice and others are general but they get the point across. I hope these can help motivate others and myself to take on these projects. It's quite amazing, actually, to see that Muslims are everywhere. Even the places you wouldn't suspect.

Islamic Community Center of Missouri

The Islamic Center in Washington, D. C.

Islamic Center of Rhode Island

Islamic Center of Cleveland

Masjid in Carrollton, Texas

Colorado Muslim Society

Masjid in Plano, Texas

Islamic Society of San Francisco, California (great website!)

So...do we have any takers? You know of any great websites? Pop them in the comments area.

Salaamz

4 Comments:

Blogger Safiyyah said...

Salaam,
The link to the Islamic Society of California leads to a Muslim dating site. I'm sure that wasn't your intention;) Anyway, I enjoy your articles - it's nice that you're trying to promote that community spirit that seems so lacking among most Muslims.

9:44 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Salaamz,

Whoo! Thank you very much sister. :) Hey, I like yuor blog! :)

1:25 AM  
Blogger Levantine Historian said...

I don't think the on-line presence in the UK is as good as you might think. Sure we have some excellent individual sites such as Deenport and Masud.co.uk but our institutions are sadly lacking. In fact perhaps we're moving away from physical institutions run by first generation Muslims to virtual institutions run by third generation and convert Muslims. Take my city of Birmingham as an example. A city of some 1 million with about 175 000 Muslims. We have over 110 masjids--only one of them has an online presence.

9:29 AM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

The problem isnt just making websites, but maintaining them consistently.

4:02 PM  

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