Book Marking
Bookmark is a feature to keep your favorite pages for future reference. You can name the pages and send to book mark folder for easy searching.
Click the yellow pop up like star button on the middle right of the page and select “book mark this page” and save it. Now the page is added as book mark.
You have to go to the profile page and click book mark. Click the “add folder menu” on the top and enter the folder name. The folder created can be seen by clicking the start button on the right of each page. While book marking the pages, you can assign them to desired folders for ease of use.
To search for book mark, click the yellow popup like star button on the right of the page. You can see a drop down menu. Select my book mark and locate the name you have given, and click on the same to go to the book marked page.
You have click “set as last page” in the book mark menu to save the last page you were reading.
You have to click the star button on the right and click “go to last page”.
You can delete the book marks through “manage book mark section” under “my bookmark” in your public profile.
Funeral Services
A funeral home or mortuary, is a business that provides funeral services for the dead in accordance with the wishes of surviving family and/or friends. The primary responsibilities of funeral home include but is not limited to:
  1. Transportation of the dead body from place of death to funeral home, from funeral home to a mosque, and from mosque to a cemetery;
  2. Wash, shroud, and place in a cascade for transportation;
  3. Provide shroud, soap, and other materials needed for washing and burial. If the funeral home does not have required material or the family/friends of the deceased desire to add any other material, then it is their responsibility to provide them to funeral home or cemetery.
  1. Yes, you can find Muslim cemetery in the metropolitans where Muslims live in numbers.
  1. In USA, this a requirement of the State where the burial takes place.
  2. Its primary purpose is to keep the corps underground separated from one and other.
  1. Land site for burial;
  2. Prepare the site for burial (opening & closing of the site);
  3. Arrange & place a cement or concrete liner in the space opened for burial.
Yes, most major cities and neighbourhoods with reasonable Muslim population have Muslim funeral homes or washing facilities.
  1. Yes, a Muslim funeral home employs a qualified Muslim funeral director, or a qualified Muslim who carries out the responsibility of washing and preparing the body for burial.
  2. If not, then Imam or an experienced Muslim is normally available to perform this responsibility.
  3. In either of the above cases, it is highly recommended that family or friends of deceased provide minimum of two individuals male or female, as the case may be, to support the readiness of the departed for burial.
In case there is no Muslim funeral home available, mosque and/or area Muslims work with other funeral homes to perform washing and preparation of a deceased for burial in accordance with Islamic precepts.
  1. Search in Alim
  2. Ask your mosque and/or funeral home contact person about a Muslim cemetery in the area.
  1. Search and find it on Alim
  2. Or, ask your selected mosque funeral contact person or Imam.
  3. Between these two resources you will have a better selection.
  1. Quickly read the preliminary process at
  2. Select your preferred mosque, funeral home, and cemetery at and get website addresses for each and/or phone numbers.
  3. Review the website or call the selected mosque first and find out funeral service contact person of the mosque and his/her contact information.
  4. Get in touch with the mosque contact person and discuss with him/her the process to be followed, Janazah prayer date/time and burial date/time, recommended funeral home and cemetery to be used.
  5. Then call the funeral home to:
  6. Furnish them complete information about deceased by phone and by completing their initial documentation.
  7. Make an appointment for completion of their additional documentation and pay their required charges/cost.
  8. Simultaneously call the cemetery to:
  9. Confirm if they can support your burial date and time.
  10. Make an appointment to fill out their documents and pay their required charges/cost.
  11. Keep in touch with the mosque contact person to assure everything is proceeding well.
First, the body is washed and covered in white cotton or linen unstiched cloth. A funeral prayer is held, known as the janazah prayer, and the Muslim is buried in a cemetery in the direction of Mecca.

Refer to Primary Funeral Guidance and Complementary Funeral Guidance at

.إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَ إِنَّا إِلِيْهِ رَاجِعُوْن

"Truly, we are from Allah, and to Him we shall return"

The CD-ROM version (Alim for Windows) has been discontinued and we are only investing in this website. Any updates in terms of content and functionality will be happening here insha’allah. The company “ISL Software” (also known as “ISL”) which was running at has also officially been shut down but that site’s domain was taken over by a domain parking company not affiliated with Islam, Muslims, or Alim. Any websites currently operating with this name are not associated with us and should be seen as suspect.
Currently, the contents of are, for the most part, just primary source texts. While there is a considerable amount of other content, the overwhelming majority is still Quran and Hadith. Hence, search queries that are topical in nature will not yield many results.

You have to keep in mind that the word(s) you are searching for actually have to be in the text. If you put in many words, by default all of them have to be in the text. You can also put OR between each word if you want to show results with any (but not necessarily all) of the words. So when constructing an effective search query, you have to think "what unique word will be in the texts that I am looking for" and construct your query accordingly. Note that this is markedly different than thinking "what is the topic I am searching for" which is a more typical query that you would enter in a search engine like Google.

Another option you have is to visit the topical index section for Quran and Hadith and look for your subject of inquiry there. This is the closest thing we currently have to grouping content in a topical nature. We have recently introduced tagging as another means of grouping content by topic. Once we officially go live and, insha’allah, have a sizeable user presence and considerable activity, we should see the number of tags increase and eventually become a user generated index. This would effectively facilitate a topical search.

Eventually we would like to add a section to allow users to upload articles and other content. Furthermore, we are hoping users will utilize the commenting functionality to add more content attached to the primary source texts. Much of this type of content, we expect, will be topical in nature. Again, once the site goes live and we get more users we hope this will happen in a natural way. is a project of The Alim Foundation which is a non-profit organization located in the USA. The site is free to use and while there are many unpaid volunteers involved with the project, the expenses borne to create the technology behind it are paid out of pocket by members of the foundation, friends and family, and users such as you. So if you benefit from or can appreciate that others do, why not consider donating? It would be a means of securing for yourself Sadaqa Jariya as told to us by the Prophet (s):

"When a person dies, his works end, except for three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him" [ ]
Insha’allah it will come soon. We would like to add as much literature in this regard as is currently available as well as go beyond that and provide translations of works that have previously been unavailable in English. If you are interested in seeing this happen, please contact us by clicking on "Feedback". If you are interested in helping fund this to make it happen even sooner, this can be arranged. If you would like to sponsor the work to add a specific tafseer or other commentary, please contact us.
First realize that what you consider wrong is almost certainly not recognized as such by everyone else. Within Islam there are many streams of thought in many different subject areas. Furthermore, Muslim scholars are not uniform in their understanding of Islam and in interpretations of its texts. So it is not uncommon to find disagreement on certain topics or even on the status of scholarship of individuals. That being said, there is definitely a “line” to be drawn which denotes what can be considered Islamic and what must be deemed to be outside Islam – otherwise there would be no such thing as Islam. While that line might often be blurred today and be a subject of debate in and of itself, we’re confident that none of the content selected for would considered to be outside of Islam by the majority of Muslims.

Furthermore, removing any particular author or work from the site doesn't remove it from existence – Muslims still have access to it and will continue to read it through other mediums. However, this site, along with its commenting functionality, allows individuals to demonstrate to others what's wrong (in their opinion) with any particular content as well as promote any content they view as right. Through this, we hope that can serve as a vehicle for dialogue between different streams of thought which will help us recognize our differences and accept them within the limits allowed by Islam.

So the bottom line is, if you think there is something wrong with any particular content, tell us (and the entire world) why by navigating to that content on the site and posting a comment about it.
This is something insha’allah we would definitely like to incorporate down the line. We also have plans for an all arabic version of the site. However, at this time we don't have estimates for when either will be available. Everything comes out faster if we have more money or more people to help; if you’re interested in participating in content curation, please click “Feedback” and let us know how you can assist. Money in the form of monthly donations or a one-time donation for specific tasks is the fastest way to get what you want added into
If you represent an Islamic groups or institution or even another website and are interested in partnering with, we're interested in speaking with you! Please contact us via the Feedback button.
Go to the "Advisers and Scholars Page" and click on the link "Click to Submit Advisers and Scholars" and fill up "submit advisers and scholars" form and send to the admin. Admin verifies the details and nominates you as a scholar if you are qualified to act in that capacity.
No, not for CD. The CD-ROM was discontinued several years back in favor of online services. Also, due to limited resources Alim Foundation has no intent to support Arabic Playhouse CD-ROM version, unless funded specially by our users.
GoTo Quran & GoTo Hadith
It is same as “GoTo Quran” where you can quickly access Hadith directly from the home page. You have to click “GoTo Hadith” box on top of the home page. Then, select the desired Hadith book along with Hadith number and hit the “Go” button on the right to view to results.
Yes, you can directly find translations and Arabic text from the home page. There is a button to select translation as well as Arabic text on the right of search box in the home page.
It is facility to quickly access surah or ayah directly from the home page. You have to Click on the “GoTo Quran” menu on top of the home page and select the desired option. You can also search by type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search.
Bloggers, writers, and any other content creators: How do you currently add ayaat to your content? Highlighting the text on a website and then copy and pasting, or worse, transcribing from a physical text? We've inshallah simplified your efforts. now has a button on the homepage on the "Goto Quran" tab that copies the arabic and english translation of whatever ayah you have selected which you can subsequently paste into any document you are working on. Choose from plain text or html. We hope that the valuable seconds this functionality saves you can be spent more productively elsewhere.
Yes you can. There is a “share this” button on the top right corner to enable this facility.
It is a list of Hadith categorised by subjects for instance Purification, Ablution etc. To select Hadith by subject, go to “Hadith subject index” page under Hadith Menu. There is an alphabetical index on the top of the page where Hadith subjects are categorised in alphabetical order. Click any letter and see all subjects starting with same letter.
In the home page under Hadith menu click “Hadith narrator index “, a list of narrators will be displayed. Click narrator of your choice to view all Hadith by that narrator.
Click “Next" & "Previous" buttons on the top to go back and forth between Hadith.
Yes You can. Narrators name is given on top of every Hadith.
Hadith section provides comprehensive collection of Hadith from famous Hadith books. Here you can easily locate Hadith using search by key word, narrator index and Hadith subject index. To start view the Hadith, click on the Hadith section in home page and select a Hadith book from the list.
Qur'an Translations
There is a link named "Change Font Options" above the Recitation menu box to set the font and size of Quran text.
In the compare translation page uncheck the other translators under "Show/Hide Translations" to select the translators.
You have to go to the compare translation page by clicking "Compare translation" from the menu. At the bottom of the page, you can see translations of four Authors.
It is a facility where you can listen to beautiful Recitation of your favorite reciter with verse by verse recitation of the surah from noble Qur'an. You Search by surah name and number; Select sura and verse anywhere in Qur'an.
You can play Quran using the small “green button” on the left panel of the audio player box lying left to the Quran text. Using the” play button on the right of ayah” you can listen to that particular ayah.
There is link named “Change Font Options” in the audio player box to set the font and size of Quran text.
To select the reciter, click the drop down list bar named “reciter” in the audio box and move your mouse over the desired reciter and Click on the reciter name.
You have to click “surah button” under “Repeat times” in the audio player box and enter the desired number to repeat the surah.
There is a stop button adjacent to the play button in the audio box. Click this “stop button” and play again so that you can listen to the recitation from the beginning.
I f you have a range Ayah Say “Ayah 1 to Ayah 10” , then each Ayah i.e., Ayah 1,2,3…etc will be repeated by putting the desired number in the “repeat ayah box” .To repeat the range of Ayah simultaneously ,enter the number of repeat in the range box below surah.
When you are listening to the audio with left side player the play button near each ayah will be disappeared as you cannot play two audios at a time.
A green arrow directed towards “Ayah” in a Pale yellow shade denotes which ayah is being recited.
You can see the Arabic text and the meaning from the compare translation in the Qur'an while you listen to ayah. Green play button provided on the left pane of the page provide an option to repeat the ayah .Where as in the case of green play button on the right of the ayah does not offer repeat function.
Sign In & My profile
When you hit the login button, a sign in box will be opened. You can sign in by entering Email Id and passwords of any of the sites which includes Google, Yahoo, Flickr, my opened, Blogger and LiVEjOURNAL.
You can access your profile page by a click on “My profile”' on the top right hand corner of the home page.
You can set the profile details by clicking “Edit my profile” in my profile page. You can enter your desired name, gender, Email etc in the respective columns. Picture can be uploaded either by browsing or providing link of the picture.
Currently we are using this to allow users to change their user status to either an Islamic scholar or book author. A book author is someone whose content is on An Islamic scholar is someone with a formal academic background in the sciences of Islam. Verification is performed in both cases – we actually have someone interview and discuss with anyone who requests a user upgrade to verify their identity and background. A book author and Islamic scholar will both have clearly distinguishable user icons when they post comments.
Here are some ideas:

1. Have you ever read an interesting article that references an Islamic source text (ex. an ayah or hadith), or perhaps read a tafseer which contains insightful scholarly interpretation, and wanted a way to share what you learned with others who read that source text? Maybe it was something profound you heard the imam say in a khutba? You can share what benefited you by posting a comment about the ayah or hadith which is related to it.

2. The Quran and ahadith relate numerous stories about past events and peoples to us that are meant to serve as lessons applicable to situations in life that almost everyone encounters. Have you ever had a real world experience or read about events in the news which you realize are practical applications for some of these lessons? Commenting gives you a way to share your personal stories and thoughts with others by placing it with the ayah or hadith that narrates the related historical event.

3. The Quran contains vivid descriptions of the afterlife which, among other things, are meant to impact our emotion, motivate us, and instill fear where appropriate. Have you ever read some passages which touched you in a particular way and wanted to share your thoughts with others who read the same passage? By posting a comment, you now have the ability to do so.

4. Do you disagree with a certain translation? Do you think the translator missed the true meaning carried by the original Arabic text? Post a comment and let others know.
First, you need to log in as a user and click “post the comment option” that you can see at the bottom of the article. This opens a form with a text box where you can enter your comment. Every comment has a "Reply" link underneath. By clicking there, you will be able to answer the specific comment made.
Indeed, there is potential for both good and bad with the commenting functionality. While it's true that it’s possible for individuals to post harmful content, this is not a problem unique to Any site which has a discussion forum faces the same issue. has two mechanisms for dealing with this problem. The first is that comments are moderated and any user can flag a comment as inappropriate. This will provide a means of bringing harmful comments to the attention of a moderator who can then examine and remove the comment if necessary.

The second mechanism is the ability to rate comments. If a comment is good, users can give it a vote up or vice versa if the comment is bad. We will also shortly be adding a reputation system which ranks users based on how others rate their comments. So if a comment regarding an ayah or hadith is not beneficial or just plain wrong, the community of users would vote it down and a user who continually posts comments of this nature will have a poor reputation.

In addition to this, we also have plans insha’allah to contact Islamic scholars and have them participate in the commenting on the site. This along with the previous two measures should help minimize any of the bad potential of the commenting functionality.

As for the good potential, we think it tremendously outweighs the negative. There are many ways this functionality can be useful for Muslims. Please see the next question for examples.
As a user, you can vote on any comments left by other users of the site. If you like a person's comment, give it a thumbs up vote. If you think the comment is not beneficial, or even contains something wrong, give it a thumbs down. You can see the overall rating of the comment as assigned by the community next to the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons. Eventually, we will be using the overall score as part of an algorithm to create a reputation system for all users. Hence, users who consistently post comments that are deemed to be "good" or "bad" by the community will have a corresponding reputation.
Yes, there is a link at the right of the comment to send mail. When someone replies to your comment you will get a mail alert contains that reply.
No, once you posted a comment it cannot be removed.
You can flag the comment as abusive by clicking the Flag as “Report Inappropriate” link below the comment. This alerts our admin team and deletes the comments that don't comply with our policy.
Any content page on the site can be “tagged” by clicking on the “Add Tag” button. A tag is any word or group of words which best describes the subject of the page it belongs to. So for example, let’s say you want to search for ayaat pertaining to the subject of tawhid (i.e. Islamic monotheism). Searching for the word tawhid itself won’t yield many results. What you really need is a way to find ayaat whose subject is tawhid but the word tawhid doesn’t necessarily appear in them. Tagging solves this problem. If you were to be reading, for example, Surah Ash-Shura ayah 11 it might come to your mind that the subject of the ayah includes the topic of tawhid. So you can now tag that page with the word “tawhid”. Thereafter, whenever someone searches for the word “tawhid”, Surah Ash-Shura ayah 11 would appear in the search results.

Tagging can be performed on any content page, including hadith, biographies, history, etc. Furthermore, users can tag the same content page as many times as they want with different tags. If everyone actively uses this functionality, we would eventually have a user driven index of all the Quran, hadith, and any other content on This would become an extremely useful tool for Muslims or anyone researching a topic pertaining to Islam. The potential is immense! But remember, it will only become beneficial if everyone participates.
You can add tags by clicking “add new tags” and add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content in the given box in the page where you want to add tags. When you give a thread similar thread could be seen which may help you to name the content in more meaningful way. For instance, if the subject matter is 'Namaz’ then you can add the tag ‘Namaz’ to the tag list.
To search for tags just give the thread in the “Search tag “box on the middle right side of the page. After hitting the search box a page having the categorized list of tags will be displayed. You could also search by selecting the tag from the list of “Tags” given under each page.
When you click “add tags” all tags created by you will be shown under “My tags”. When you click a tag among them you can see all the pages where you created given that particular tag. Navigate to page my profile and select my tags you can see a list of tags. On selecting a tag you can see all pages where it is tagged.
Click “search tag” button on tags section of the page. You can see a search box along with list of tags. Enter the search key word in the box and select the tag below the box. It will display all pages having the same tags.
Group & Follow
My note book is just like a book which contains all your clippings arranged on the basis of category. My note book keeps all your clippings in a book just like different chapters written in a book. If you want to make any changes in the content or in the name of category click the category in "my note book" menu and hit the edit button. After editing click the save button to save your updates.
It is the act of selecting clippings from the pages and save it in file just like cutting clippings from newspapers or magazines and keeps it in a file.
The first button at the top right hand corner of the page is used to clip selected portion of the If you want to select only the first two lines, just select the text using mouse and click the first clip button.
After clipping, a pop of the selected clippings will be shown. Click the save button in the pop up window. You can see a page where you can name the category. Click the save button on the bottom of the page to save the clippings.
The second button on the right corner of the page is used to clip the entire page.
You can access the clipped content from the "my note book" menu in the "my profile page". When you click my note book menu you can see the clipped content categorically listed in the page.
You have to click the link "View the original page clipped" under the category in the "my note book" menu to view the original page.