I use Quran.com to share verses online, with the Saheeh International translation. I shared without knowing if the website was legit. Am I sinful for sharing without trying to know if the site is legit?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
May Allah guide us to that which is pleasing to Him and protect us from the plot of Satan, Amin.
Reliability of Quran. com
There appears to be no problem with the website in question, and Allah knows best. To share verses of the Qur’an may be perfectly fine as long as they are limited to the unambiguous (easy to understand) verses, which require no elaboration or contextualization.
As far as I’ve seen, I think that the translation of Dr. Mustafa Khattab is solid and appropriate for a contemporary audience, especially within Muslim minorities. The Sahih International translation widely used on that website is just as good, and Allah knows best.
Please note that verses requiring explanation should be understood in light of the traditional works of exegesis (tafsir) and should ideally be studied with qualified scholars.
Be Aware Before You Share
We encourage you to practice caution when relying on the internet for information about Islam and ask those who know when you do not. We also encourage you to have a good intention for sharing verses of the Qur’an with your family and loved ones. One should intend thereby to call people to Allah and encourage them to reflect and ponder the Book of Allah (The Majestic and The Wise). Allah says: “But warn by the Qur’an, he who fears My Warning.” [Qur’an 50:45].
I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.
Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan.
Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.
He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.
Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.