I am a non-Muslim, a librarian, and an amateur researcher. I'm tired of hearing the media's take on Islam, and want to learn more about the faith and way of life so I can know the truth, instead of the media's spin on it. Where would you suggest I begin my search?


There's resources online:

  • Central to Islam is the Qur'an and ahadith, which are the natural starting points. The Qur'an can be downloaded in .pdf form (Google quran pdf for various translations), and ahadith can be found at sunnah.com (Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are generally considered reliable).

  • There's various fatwa (scholarly ruling) sites online; some are more strict (such as IslamQA.info) and some are more relaxed (such as SeekersHub.org). I recommend checking multiple sources.

(There's a zillion other webpages, but many are trying to push some kind of "how I interpret Islam is correct" agenda.)

However, to get a realistic understanding of how Islam is practiced, nothing beats getting to know Muslims, or going to Muslim-majority countries and seeing things for yourself.

  • Thank you, Rebecca! I will look into those. Unfortunately, international travel isn't an option at the moment, but I will try your other suggestion. I'm just hoping I don't accidentally say or do something that can be construed as offensive. – Chelsie Feb 16 '18 at 21:22
  • @Chelsie, typically "say or do something that can be construed as offensive" for Muslims boils down to insulting Allah or the Prophet. Asking questions of any nature are always welcome long as the words used do not portray mockery, etc. Welcome to Islam SE, , and I hope you find the site useful. – III-AK-III Feb 16 '18 at 23:14

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