In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it [Bukhari].

Acqui­si­tion of knowl­edge is manda­to­ry upon every Mus­lim. The thirst for knowl­edge in a sin­cere believ­er is ever last­ing. It does not dimin­ish with con­di­tions, cir­cum­stances or age. A sin­cere seek­er takes the dif­fi­cul­ties in his or her stride and keeps the focus on learn­ing. Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) may be seen as a chal­lenge by many but mil­lions around the world are switch­ing to remote teach­ing as an alter­na­tive. Suh­ba (com­pan­ion­ship) is vital for Islam­ic learn­ing but there is no rea­son that some of the basic free tools can­not be used at least in the short term for Islam­ic teach­ing and learn­ing.

In this short blog, we will give a review of all the free options which are read­i­ly avail­able for you to use.

WhatsApp:

The great­est advan­tage of What­sApp is its famil­iar­i­ty by most peo­ple and read­i­ly avail­abil­i­ty on most plat­forms.

You can eas­i­ly cre­ate a What­sApp group for upto 254 mem­bers.

The dis­ad­van­tage is that “group calls” are lim­it­ed to 4 peo­ple only so you can only teach 4 peo­ple live at the same time.

Facebook Messenger:

Anoth­er pop­u­lar plat­form which is read­i­ly avail­able and you can video (or Audio) teach upto 50 peo­ple.

Google Hangouts:

Anoth­er pop­u­lar plat­form which is read­i­ly avail­able and you can video (or Audio) teach upto 10 peo­ple.

Skype:

Anoth­er pop­u­lar plat­form which is read­i­ly avail­able and you can video (or Audio) teach upto 50 peo­ple.

Facetime:

The dis­ad­van­tage is that “group calls” are lim­it­ed to those with Face­time app (iPhone) and lim­it­ed to 32 peo­ple.

Zoom:

This is a great teach­ing plat­form with addi­tion­al tools for teach­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion. You can video (or Audio) teach upto 100 peo­ple for 40 min­utes but it does require peo­ple to get famil­iar with the app and its var­i­ous set­tings. Users can also call it with their phones and free users can also share their screen.