Posted by: Dawud Israel | June 21, 2010

SunniNotes: Collaborative Note-taking

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

I have started a little note-taking project online. Using Titanpad, anyone can contribute their notes and chat, simultaneously, and type out the notes, in real-time. Mashallah, I’ve noticed AlMaghrib students have a strong practice of note-taking, but I don’t know how strong the practice is among students of the other institutes. I am usually taking notes on a consistent basis nowadays, but may get busy here and there. I also take breaks from note-taking by using flashcards to memorize portions of my notes. May Allah make this a regular habit for me and you, ameen.

Alhamdulillah, it’s a big blessing we have so of technology at our disposal but I don’t think we have figured out how to use it for optimal communal learning. Many still treat khutbahs and bayaans as if they are a form of entertainment, when we could be using the Internet to expand the circle of the halaqa. One of the characteristics of the Golden Age of Islam was the sharing and “trade” of knowledge, exchanging texts and translations, talking about what they were learning, doing some follow-up and that can be easily done today via the Web. And indirectly, we would be putting more ilm out onto the web.

SunniNotes is very much a social spin-off of my ilmp3 blog with the main goal being to “liberate ilm” using technological pedagogy. Talks disappear from the Internet overnight, sometimes its hard to hear certain portions of these talks, and I’m sure many of our spiritual teachers feel sometimes they are speaking to a wall. We need to let go a little and “allow” their words to penetrate our hearts and really immerse ourselves, on a daily level. We need to make sure we understand what is being taught and we need to make sure we preserve that knowledge in our hearts.

So here are the pads: talks (Sh. Hussain Abdul Sattar):
Habib Umar (with Sh. Abdul Kareem Yahya) talks:
Imam Suhaib Webb notes:
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf notes:
Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad notes:
Seekers Guidance Notes (Sh. Faraz Rabbani, Sh. Yahya Rhodus):

Please take some time to pull up a lecture you find online from any of the above speakers and contribute your notes.

Man nafasa an akhihi qurbatun min qurba ad-dunya, nafasallahu anhu qurbatun min qurbal akhira
“Whoever relieves someone of a difficulty in this world, Allah will relieve him of a difficulty in the next world.” -Sahih Muslim

See also mirror thread on Sunniforum

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. Salams Brother Dawud,

    Excellent idea regarding the pads, but I fear both Non-Muslims and Muslims alike can easily edit and insert incorrect notes that can be then associated with the scholars who gave the original lectures. That can potentially lead many astray. I don’t know how to solve this problem, but it’s definitely dangerous.

    • Wa aleikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

      I have backups and one can rewind the text to track changes. I’ll periodically check through it for devious alterations…


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