Dr. Bilal Philips
These are sites created with false information, inauthentic knowledge not based in the Qur’an and/or Sunnah.
This is a site to beware of. It is full of deviant Sufism. It has a page in praise of Qasidat -ul Burda. It claims that Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al Qayyim, Ibn Hazm, Al-Jazai’ri, Al Abanee, and bin Baaz are all Innovators!! Among other false claims on the website are the following statements about Kashf: Kashf (Unveiling) is a reality which refers to the miraculous knowledge of the awliya (friends of Allah). Such knowledge attains higher levels than that of any other knowledge of humankind and jinn including in certain cases the knowledge of Prophets. Thus it is related by one of the Imams of Hadith whose word lies beyond suspicion, that “it is well-known that he (Imam Nawawi) used to meet with Al-Khidr (as)” and converse with him among many other Mukaashafaat.
2. I Profess (www.iprofess.com/english.htm)
You should know this site so you can avoid its potential harm. This site is meant for new Muslims or non-Muslims thinking about Islam. Judging from the home page you would feel like recommending this site to new Muslims. But once on this site, a person is just one click away (literally) from sites which are steeped in deviant Sufi ideas. Also, those sites have long articles which try to prove that Kashf, Tariqah, etc are all Islamically valid. A person without sufficient grounding in the basics may fall into their lure or at least begin to have some doubts. Keep newcomers away from this site and there is no benefit in it for ‘old hands’ either.
3. Sunni Path (www.sunnipath.com)
Suffice it to say that this is a site which teaches the Nu Ha Mim Keller and Faraz Rabbani brand of Sufism
4. Living Islam (www.abc.se/~m9783/index.html)
Among the false teachings of this site is the following example: Sharî’ah, Tarîqah And Haqîqah The Tarîqah or Spiritual Path which is usually known as Tasawwuf or Sufism is the inner and esoteric dimension of Islam and like the Sharî`ah has its roots in the Qur’an and prophetic practice.
5. The Modern Religion (www.themodernreligion.com)
This site is similar to the above sites but more dangerous because its deviant Sufi teachings are not evident in the initial pages.
6. The Way to Truth (www.thewaytotruth.org)
Here’s yet another site which does not reveal its true teachings until you are way inside the site. There are long pseudo-Islamic articles with analogies like the one of a circle and its radii trying to prove their deviant ideas right. To provide a glimpse of their teachings we have excerpted the following from their site: “Sainthood is a proof for Messengership Sainthood is a proof for Messengership and the way or spiritual order (tariqa) is evidence for the Shari‘a. For a saint experience with the certainty of seeing the truths of belief communicated by Messenger and confirms them through the witnessing of his heart and the spiritual pleasure he derives. Such confirmation is a decisive proof for the truth of Divine Messengership.” In another place they have posted the following articles: “THE SPIRITUAL LIFE IN ISLAM: SUFISM”; “Some Assertions Of Certain Saints On The Doctrine Of “Unity Of Being” What Does Knowledge Of God Is Different From Knowledge Of His Existence Mean?” ; “The Nine Clarifications About Muslim Sufism And Following A Spiritual Order”
7. Al-Baz (www.al-baz.com)
It is deviant site. This is the site for Al Baz book publishers and not a full-fledged site. However, it has some extracts from their publications so it turns up on search engine queries for Islamic terms. That’s how we came across this site. Also, it is good to know about al-Baz publishers so as to avoid buying some of their publications by mistake as their stated goals are ‘… to publish fine English translations of the Treasures of Islam; in particular the works of the great Muslim saints, with special emphasis on the writings and majalis [sessions] of the Chieftain of the Saints, Sultan al-Awliya’ Hazrat Shaikh Muhyiddin ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, al-Hasani, al-Husaini, may Allah perfume his resting place.’ Here’s an another extract from one of their publications posted on the site: ” This book contains the words of the Supreme Helper, the Lordly Cardinal Pole, the everlasting edifice, the radiantly shining lamp, the Sultan of the saints and the masters of direct knowledge, the proof of the chosen and those who have reached their spiritual destination, Allah’s Gray Falcon, our patron, our master and our exemplary guide to Allah (Exalted is He), the noble highborn patrician, the chieftain, Shaikh Muhyi ‘d-Din ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani al-Husain”
8. Islam Rocks (www.islamrocks.com)
This site claims to be about traditional Islam but promotes Sufism and forbidden types of tasawwuf
Deviant site promoting Sufis such as Nuh Keller and Abdul Hakim Murad. It has a lot of articles on refuting Salafees which Nuh Keller seems to have a zeal for. They also promote Q magazine which is a tabloid that’s supposed to be Islamic but has Sufi undertones.
10. Vashubah (www.vasuhba.com)
The Official Site of the Murids of Shaykh Nuh Keller Very flashy site inviting you to lessons in Tasawuff by Nuh Keller Lessons are offered in the Sufi path and tariqas
11. TariqaTapes (www.tariqatapes.com)
Tariqa Tapes is an online site dedicated to serving the murids of the Hashimi-Darqawi Order of the Tariqa of Imam Abul Hasan Al-Shadhili Allah be well pleased with him. Recorded darses available on this site are lectures given by Shaykh Nuh Keller
12. Our world by A. Bewely (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ABewley/ and http://bewley.virtualave.net/)
Aisha Bewely has translated Adab al mufrad and many gems on Maliki fiqh on her site but sadly promotes Sufism and group Dhikr. bewley.virtualave.net/ is the newer version of her website but still promotes the same.
Other Sufi sites
As in all human endeavors, there will be some shortcomings in this work, not to mention the fact that sites appear and disappear daily while others may undergo drastic changes. Also, it is my desire to expand on this effort so that it becomes a true resource center for knowledge of Islamic sites, good and bad.
Therefore, I ask viewers to give their constructive feedback, comments, corrections, etc. on this work. Also, we would like you to submit sites which we have missed for review along with your own reviews. However, we ask that you please indicate under which heading you include the site (Recommended/ Deviant/ Anti-Islamic). Reviews will be put up after due scrutiny by my researchers. Direct all correspondence on this issue to email@example.com. Please write ‘Reviews’ in the subject line before anything else you may wish to include in the subject line.
In closing, please note that while the researchers consider the sites in the recommended list to be mostly sound Islamically to the best of their knowledge, it does not mean automatic approval of all the contents or views posted on that site. Also, the external links provided on those sites are not included as part of the review. So surfer discretion is definitely advised.