Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Free books

fisabilillah.org has a number of free books that are available to read online. And, if you right click, copy and paste each page image into a word document, the books become portable. Imagine that, knowledge you can take with you anywhere ;-) There is no copy right to any of the material in the books, so copy and paste away.

I've only looked through the Qur'an related books, but thus far, everything looks peachy keen. According to their about us section, they're decidedly no partisan, but not anti anything. Oftentimes I've found that sites that claim to follow ahul al sunnah wa jamaah are virulently anti madhab, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

The books on Qur'an are fantastic. Each contains the verse in arabic, a transliteration, and then an easy to read translation. The translation looks to be the Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan version I'm not fond of, but with most of the commentary taken out, which is great. The main problem I have with this translation is the insertion of commentary into the text of the translation, which confuses many of the new muslims who receive this Qur'an for free. I can't count how many times I've come across a newbie who believes that the words in brackets are words from the Qur'an, and not mearly the commentary added to explain.

Ah, but I digress. Go, copy and paste, read!

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