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As of 02-07-2023, 6:10 AM EST
“The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your Cause,’ and the other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser [i.e,. a person who hoards]'” “
Sahih al-Bukhari 1442
A year in review
Alhamdulillah, this year, we’ve created a lot of stuff.
Most notably, we’ve written an extensive 110,000+ word guide to the most beautiful names of Allah and developed a 99 names of Allah game quiz played by thousands of users.
We’ve improved our online Qur’an experience by switching to Uthmani script text and are in the process of adding word-by-word follow to each ayat page. Insha-Allah, this and a few other features will be done by the end of 2022.
Developed an online web-based version of Qibla Finder.
We’ve made two full-time hires to develop an IOS and Android app.
We’ve been working every day to improve the site and have a lot of projects which are in the process of being completed. Videos, hired a voiceover talent for du’as, more educational guides, games, coloring books for kids, prayer times app, and much, much more). We’re quite excited at the opportunity to be a servant of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ and share all the things we’ve been working on.
If you’ve been on our site, like what we’ve done and where we are heading – please consider supporting us. Any little bit helps, and we need all the support we can get.
Below is an older message from Ramadan of this year. You can read that to see some of the progress we’ve made since.
My Islam Stats 2020 vs 2021
Alhamdulillah, with an expanding team we experienced massive growth this past year. We share these numbers with our supporters to let you know of our global impact.
You can view the same graphic created in 2021 and how it compares to the present-day My Islam with updated values.
We are most pleased with the 377% increase in total time spent reading and learning about the Qur’an on our site. We attribute this to the new interface that incorporates audio, various translations, cleaner organization, word-by-word follow along, videos, and uniquely created PDFs. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support.
“The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 5029
Why support My Islam?
As a small, self-funded team, we’ve learned how to do a lot with very little.
We started just over 3 years ago, and by the will of Allah (سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ) our site is ranked among one of the most visited faith and belief sites in the entire world. We’ve put a lot of effort into producing written educational content covering topics people are looking for answers to. We’ve also created a suite of educational tools to help practicing Muslims.
This graph shows our entire website traffic since inception.
For the first year no one knew we existed, we wrote many articles and developed the first version of our online Quran.
We had a few loyal readers who gave us encouraging feedback (thanks mom) and we just kept working with faith. We like to call the initial phase of our existence the power of sabr.
Since then we have been working diligently and consistently showed month over month improvement. We also developed the Tasbih Dhikr web app, Qibla direction finder. We’re also working on a prayer times app and free Qur’an note-taking software. You can see changes in our online Qur’an.
OLD:Simple: Just Arabic text, translation, transliteration.
– Word by word highlighting with audio
– Word by word translation on select.
– Word by word transliteration on select.
– 10 translations, 2 different languages.
– Change Font Size
– Change Audio speed
– Read Tafsir / Commentary on any verse from two sources.
– Improved navigation and design.
AN IMPORTANT INSIGHT
We realized if you want to control the narrative and show people the beauty of Islam you have to own the spaces where they go to learn.
Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instragram, and Twitter create somewhat of an echo chamber, their algorithms push things they believe would keep users on their platform. This usually results in confirmation bias – people seeing what they want to see and channels they’ve already subscribed to.
The space where people go to learn and explore a topic is Google. This is an important arena where showing up first matters as you’re given the opportunity to make a lasting impression. Getting the authentic answer can guide someone who’s lost and save their faith, providing them hope and solace through religion.
The graph below it shows we currently own 19,351 spots in the top 3 positions in Google and 19268 in 4-10. Last year, we reported 3231 in the top 3, representing a 598% increase.
We humbly ask if you’re able to donate to consider supporting our organization.
We have no sponsors, VCs, and don’t do display ads / banners on our site to respect our readers.
This of course has it’s downside as we don’t maximize profits, but that’s not our goal. We want this site to benefit the reader and offering a good user experience is part of that. But for this to be possible we need a small group of loyal sustainers.
99.99% of people who benefit from our site don’t support it monetarily (which is completely fine). We ask of you to join the 0.01% who allow it to be better for the rest of us.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“A person who leads others to doing what is good will earn the same reward as those who do it.”
1. Human sounding A.I generated voice-over to create audio for tafsir
Tafsir of ayah 1:1:
One of the many practices taught by Islam is that its followers should begin their activities in the name of God. This principle, if consciously and earnestly followed, will necessarily yield three beneficial results. First, one will be able to restrain oneself from many misdeed, since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God’s holy name. Second, if a man pronounces the name of God before starting good and legitimate tasks, this act will ensue that both his starting point and his mental orientation are sound. Third – and this is the most important benefit – when a man begins something by pronouncing God’s name, he will enjoy God’s support and succour; God will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever man turns to God, God turns to him as well.
2. Quranic Videos
This was a time-intensive project but we’re close to finishing now.
3. Free Quran Note-taking Software
We’re working with a very talented developer from Pakistan who’s helping us create a free Qur’an note-taking software / journal. The ability to not only favorite your verses but to add your own private commentary. You can also categorize and organize your notes by topic. See the demo below.
4. Android and IOS app of My Islam
We want to take our existing technology and make an Android and IOS app making the Qur’an and Islamic content more accessible.
5. NEW Educational GUIDES:
A person can only see the truth through the pursuit of knowledge. Emotions and passions take us away from the truth. Only through reasoning and intellect can we be freed. We constantly reinvest the funds into creating new Islamic content. Some guides we want to create:
1. Prophet Stories
2. A new Muslims Guide to Islam
3. Hajj and Umrah Guide
4. Biography of Prophet Muhammad
5. Ramadan Guide
Insha-Allah one of the staples we hope the My Islam site will be known for, is for the biography of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. We’re eager to put a ridiculous amount of effort into producing a completely web-based seerah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. There are many great seerahs already out but they are expensive to purchase. Since we’re crowd-funded by our readers, we get to play by different set of rules. We can research and release a free version on our site making this kind of information more accessible to a larger audience. I don’t know of a single Islamic website that has created something of the magnitude we wish to create. Probably because a project like this takes a long time, is difficult to pull off, and is largely unprofitable. For committing to just the price of a coffee $2.00/month (or more) you can help make this a reality for our team.
5. Categorize the Qur’an by topics (Qur’an verses on love, life, marriage etc)
6. Online community forum
We’re thinking about experimenting with a community forum where users can create, share and debate publicly every ayat of the Qur’an. We would integrate this with our existing platform and allow for open discourse and self-policing. But the worry is if it becomes a cesspool with misinformation, unproductive conversation, or place for spam from those who want to attack Islam. We’re willing to create this space as an experiment with best intentions and then watch it carefully to see how it plays out.
7. Salah Tracker
An online tool to help you in your salah and develop better habits. With this, you can generate reports, filter and find out what salah you consistently miss (if any). You’ll also get the encouragement of developing a streak and the ability to download reports. Here’s a demo.
8. Interactive Educational Games:
There’s wordle which captured the attention of millions across the globe. What fun and interactive Islamic games exist to teach us something beneficial? We have two in mind, general-purpose quiz testing on basic or fundamental questions about our faith. Wrong answers will show appropriate guides on our site to provide further reading. And the second game would be a beat the clock guessing game with the 99 names of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ to help with memorization.