|Type of site||Political/ Religious|
|Available language(s)||Arabic, English, Japanese, Chinese, Uighur, French, Spanish, Indonesian, Hindi, Russian, Urdu, and Turkish|
|Created by||Muhammad Al-Munajid|
|Alexa rank||12,038 (June 2013[update])|
IslamQA was founded in 1997 by Saudi Islamic scholar Muhammad Al-Munajid. The site uses a question and answer format. Internet visitors submit questions to Muhammad Al-Munajid who then answers their inquiries. Previously answered questions are available for review through an extensive search engine. The site declares that it only uses "authentic, scholarly sources based on the Quran and sunnah, and other reliable contemporary scholarly opinions."
IslamQA states that its purpose is:
- to teach and familiarize Muslims with various aspects of their religion
- to be a source for guiding people to Islam
- to respond to users questions and inquiries to the best of our resources and capabilities
- to assist in solving the social and personal problems of the Muslims in an Islamic context.
Subject areas include "Islamic fiqh and jurisprudence, Islamic history, Islamic social laws (including marriage, divorce, contracts, and inheritance), Islamic finance, basic tenets and aqeedah of the Islamic faith and tawheed, and Arabic grammar as it relates to the Quran and Islamic texts."
According to Alexa Internet in June 2013, IslamQA.com was ranked #12,038 in the world with a bounce rate of roughly 75% (i.e., 75% of visits consist of only one pageview). Visitors spend an average of 2 minutes and 58 seconds on the site during each visit. Relative to the overall population of internet users, this site appeals more to Middle Easterners; its audience also tends to consist of higher-income women and college graduates browsing from home and school who have more children. The percentage of visits to IslamQA.com referred by search engines is roughly 35%.
Controversy in Saudi Arabia
The website was banned in Saudi Arabia because it was issuing independent fatwas. In Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's Council of Senior Scholars has sole responsibility for issuing fatwas. The Council was granted this exclusive authority to issue fatwas by a royal edict issued in August of 2010 (while restrictions had been in place since 2005, they were seldom enforced); this move was described by Christopher Boucek as "the latest example of how the state is working to assert its primacy over the country’s religious establishment."
- "islamqa.info Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- IslamQA website About the Site February 5, 2013
- "Saudi Arabia blocks 'Islam Question and Answer'," Al Arabiya (in Arabic), September 2, 2010
- Christopher Boucek, "Saudi Fatwa Restrictions and the State-Clerical Relationship," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 27, 2010 (accessed November 18, 2013).