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Featured Organization: Al-Itrah Foundation

Sun, 07/10/2011 - 01:37

The Ahlul Bayt DILP presents Islamic resources on Al-Islam.org in more than 25 languages. One of these languages is Kiswahili, which serves as a second language in several parts of East African countries. Al-Islam.org hosts more than 250 resources in Kiswahili, and this was largely made possible by the efforts of Al-Itrah foundation


Al-Itrah Foundation is an Islamic organization that was established in October of 2002. Although the organization is based in Dares-Salaam – Tanzania, its activities are definitely a great inspiration to Muslims worldwide. Below is a brief interview with the founder of Al-Itrah Foundation, Br. Mahboob Somji, who has enlightened us about Al-Itrah and its activities.

1) What primary goals does Al-Itrah seek to achieve?

Our primary goals are:

  • To promote divine values.
  • To spread awareness about the Holy Prophet (saw) and his progeny to Muslims as well as non Muslims.
  • To bridge the gap between Muslims and non Muslims.

2) Please enlighten us about Al-Itrah’s main activities that are currently running.

The main activities of Al-Itrah Foundation are:

  • Translating Arabic & English resources into Kiswahili language; we have so far translated more than 200 books into Kiswahili and recently translated the first Shia Tafsir of the holy Quran into Kiswahili.
  • Educating and promoting Islamic awareness through the media and specifically through Al-Itrah’s own TV channel: IBN Television
  • Spreading awareness through Maarifa Radio channel.
  • Running a full time library in the local area in the city which is known as Maktaba Mustaqeem.

3) Please tell us something about IBN television. What programs are broadcasted through it?

IBN television is the first Islamic channel in Tanzania that broadcasts in three different languages, mainly Kiswahili and English. Various kinds of programs are broadcasted through it, such as, talk shows, Islamic lectures from renowned scholars, highlights on the current political situation of the Ummah, interfaith programs and various other programs related to social life, health and general lifestyle.

4) Although Al-Itrah is based in Tanzania, does it also send out books throughout the world or does it only seek to serve specific areas/regions?

Yes we do ship out books that are ordered through our website (http://alitrah.info/) around the world, however it also depends on the number of orders.

In addition, we distribute free books in Kiswahili to more than 50 centers in East Africa. Only sample copies are sent to Qum for the authors to have copies for their archives. We do send copies of all our publications to National Libraries in Tanzania and Universities

5) What are some of Al-Itrah’s future plans?

Future plans are to expand the media resources (ie IBNTV and Maarifa Radio) to reach the entire country of Tanzania so that everyone has access to IBNTV. We also intend to start Kiswahili Newspaper known as Kipambanuzi which will be published on a regular basis once we have successfully stabilized the ongoing projects such as IBN television and Maarifa radio.

6) What obstacles or major challenging aspects (if any) does this work entail? Please feel free to share your experiences.

Major challenge for us is to find human resources in the field, but Alhamdulillah, whatever progress you see is due to Allah’s mercy, and we hope this to continue inshaAllah. Another setback is that we have not publicized this institution to outside world and due to this reason we lack financial support from the donors. InshaAllah as we grow further, and along with the help of our dedicated board members, we will start making improvements in these areas.

9) A message that you would like to share with the Ahlulbayt DILP team?

DILP team is doing wonderful job mashaAllah! I don’t have any words for their commitments and dedication, they are doing a superb job. My only wish is that if we can develop same Al-Islam.org with all the Swahili resources so that in the long run when internet is easily accessible to every individual in this part of the East African population, these will be very helpful and it will promote the True Faith in this area easily. Let’s hope this can be achieved.

10) A message that you would like to give to our readers at Al-Islam.org?

Our message is that all our resources globally should be working in developing the True Islamic System based on Wilayah in all the areas, be it political, social, economical, educational, cultural, spiritual etc. Allah (swt) has given us time, resources and opportunity and I feel we should take full advantage of such opportunities and continue developing ourselves and our communities in all areas.

My other humble advice is that all those working for Al-Islam.org take some time out to read the articles and resources available on the Mashrabe Naab website. I hope that we will continue education ourselves to learn about the true teachings of Islam as taught by the Holy Prophet (s) and his progeny (as).

Featured Website: IslamicInsights.com

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:31

The Al-Islam.org Blog will be featuring Islamic websites that are carrying useful content for its visitors. Islamic Insights is the first website being featured in this series of blog posts. Please contact us to suggest websites to be featured.

History

Islamic Insights was founded by a group of young active Muslims in February of 2007 out of concern that there was a need for a holistic news and lifestyle publication inspired by the ideals of the Quran and Ahlul-Bayt. Four years later, Islamic Insights now receives 800 unique visits per day and has a team of writers located all over the world representing the Muslim community. The Islamic Insights team features professional writers and journalists, university students, professionals from diverse fields, and esteemed scholars who hold many years of seminary education.

Originally, Islamic Insights was published in print locally in the city of Dearborn Michigan, home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the West. Eventually, thousands of copies would be delivered across North America. In September 2007, the management of Islamic Insights decided to switch to publishing online only due in order to achieve cost minimization. Today, thousands of readers connect with Islamic Insights through www.Islamicinsights.com and the Islamic Insights group and fanpage on Facebook which are 5000 members strong and growing everyday.

Objectives

The goals and aims of Islamic Insights are unique and have been received warmly by Muslims and non-Muslims alike:

  • To create a publication that portrays true Islamic values and principles in the face of wide spread misconceptions and misunderstandings in the media, political, and local spheres.
  • To allow Muslims in the West and Muslim countries a forum to find correct, referenced, comprehensive, and modern answers to concerns, issues, and questions they may have.
  • Provide for scholars, religious authorities, and clerics an avenue to publish their work, rulings, and articles so that the Muslim community is exposed to the works of a variety of highly qualified scholars.
  • To represent the ideals, biographies, morals, and esteemed virtues of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his household), Lady Fatima, Imam Ali and the Eleven Imams peace be upon them all.
  • To cater to the needs of Muslims with varying age ranges through diverse categories such as ReligionClergy CornerCommunity Affairs, Student Life, SportsBook and Movie Reviews in addition to others.
  • To prepare Muslims for the return of the Awaited Imam (May Allah swt Hasten his advent) by preparing and publishing thorough articles on the Imam, the conditions of his return, and how to improve ourselves.
  • Address the social, political, community, religious, local and national issues facing Muslims.
  • Publish articles and pieces on neglected media stories and international affairs that take place in the Middle East, United States, Africa, and around the world.
  • Allow opportunities for Muslims to become thoroughly informed regarding political, humanitarian, Islamic, social, academic, and community issues at home and at an international level.
Future Plans

The Islamic Insights team works together to achieve these goals with every weekly issue published. As with any organization, the future has many plans, God permitting, that seek to present even more opportunities for growth for Islamic Insights.  Future plans include:

  • An Islamic Insights blog to keep readers informed between weekly issues with updates and important information.
  • Resuming local printing once a month with a compilation of the most relevant and popular articles.
  • Securing more syndication deals in addition to those already held by Islamic Insights in order to further our goals and aims.
Popular Content from Islamic Insights website:

For the past four years, the Islamic Insights team has written a significant number of substantial articles on topics that were pertinent and generally neglected. Below is a collection of only a several of the most popular articles on Islamic Insights

The Imam of Our Time: A Few Common Questions

Desecrating the Signs of God: the Baqi Tragedy

Males and Females – “Just Friends”?

The Ka’ba: What Is It Really?

Understanding Hijab

Followers of the Eloquent Lady

The Truthful One

Are We Self-Sufficient Yet?

The Hijab of Men

Style Watch: In Happiness, In Sadness

Dignity and Meanness

Depression: the Islamic Solution

Why Were All the Prophets Sent to the Middle East?

The Movies We Watch

Hookah: Myth and Reality

Top Media Lies about Iran

Marriage Resumes

 

Colour Mockups: Text Resources

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 09:47

Eid Ghadeer Mubarak to everyone. We are redesigning Al-Islam.org. The following colour mockups show the new design for the Text resources on Al-Islam.org . Take a look at the following link, for a complete overview of the new Al-Islam.org.

Text Title

Text Chapter

Please give us your feedback using the comments section below.

If you’re a Web Designer or Developer and are interested to be a volunteer for DILP to work on Al-Islam 2.0, get in touch with us here and let us know more about yourself & your skills. One of our team members will get in touch with you.

Colour Mockups: Homepage, Category Page, Resource Listing

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 06:49

Salaam Alaikum,

Eid Mubarak to everyone! As part of the efforts towards developing Phase 1 of Al-Islam 2.0, the Ahlul Bayt DILP team is working on a complete re-design of the website. We would like to share with you the following colour Mockups:

Homepage

Category Page

Resource Listing

Please give us your feedback using the comments section below. Inshallah in the next blog post we’ll share colour mockups of the Text Resource. To get an overview of Al-Islam 2.0 and it’s features visit this page.

If you’re a Web Designer or Developer and are interested to be a volunteer for DILP to work on Al-Islam 2.0, get in touch with us here and let us know more about yourself & your skills. One of our team members will get in touch with you.

Al-Islam 2.0 Mockups: Portal

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 23:25

This is the first of a series of blog posts to explain the features of Al-Islam 2.0 using the mockups.  In this post we’ll be explaining the Portal Mockups.  Click on the mockup to zoom into the image & view the annotations.

1. Homepage


The Portal will will server as the home page of Al-Islam.org for an unregistered user.  Registered users’ homepage will be the “Dashboard”.  The purpose of the Portal is to organize the collection of resources on Al-Islam.org, and present it in a way that is easy for the user to reach what the user is looking for.

2. Category Page


The Library category page is accessed from the Homepage.  The above Mockup shows the category page of “History & Biography”. Each of the category pages will be customized to highlight important and popular resources.

3. Resource listing


Listing of resources of a Sub category. The options allows the user to filter the resources by type, preview Table of Contents and view ratings of the resource.
Please share your feedback using the comments section below.

Al-Islam 2.0 – A Preview of Next Generation Al-Islam.org

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 03:38
The Ahlul Bayt DILP team is working on the development of Next Generation Al-Islam.org (code named Al-Islam 2.0). During development the site will under go a complete redesign & code change. The highlights of Al-Islam 2.0 are:
  • Collaborative: Allow users to collaborate by adding resources to the library, make corrections (like typos), Translate/Transcode texts, contribute to projects like Scholars Portal and Travel & Events.
  • Multilingual: The portal and its resources will be available in Multiple languages.
  • Semantic: Information will be presented as Linked data so that it can be understood by machines allowing applications within Al-Islam framework & 3rd party websites to Pull data. This will make way for better search results, unified login across Al-Islam projects and unlimited possibilities to create mashups to make data more useful.
  • Accessible: Content will be accessible in various formats (HTML, Word, PDF, Audio etc), on various devices (PC, Mobile, iPad etc).
Preview using Mockups

Digital Mockups of Al-Islam 2.0 have been designed to illustrate the functionality of the features being planned, and how the various Projects will function together as a single Web Application. The mockups do not indicate the design and color scheme, dummy text has been used in several places.

Your Feedback We would like to receive your feedback on these mockups to understand how we can make the new Website more useful for the users. Click here to open the Al-Islam 2.0 Mockups Preview Page, then click on the branches in BLUE colour to launch the mockup for the respective Projects.  Once launched you can submit your feedback for individual mockups by clicking on the Give us your Feedback tab.  You can also share your feedback in the comments section of this Blog Post.  In subsequent Blog posts we will be describing the mockups in more detail for each Project.

Welcome to the Al-Islam.org Blog

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 01:34
The Ahlul Bayt DILP team is pleased to launch a Blog for the Al-Islam.org Project.  We’ll be using this Blog to:
  • Announce new addition of resources to the Portal
  • Connect with visitors to Al-Islam.org to receive feedback on ongoing projects
  • Discuss & give previews of plans for future Projects
  • Get in touch with potential volunteers & translators to collaborate on development of Al-Islam.org
To know more about the Al-Islam.org project visit the About Us page.  Please use the comments section to share your feedback with the team.