Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


General
What is IslamicValley?
Who is IslamicValley built for?
What is the scope of IslamicValley?
What is so different about IslamicValley?
How much does IslamicValley cost?
 
Event Announcement
What is an event?
How could mosques announce events?
Regular Activity Announcement
What is a regular activity?
How could mosques announce regular activities?
Prayer Iqama Times
What are prayer Iqama Times?
Where can I find prayer Iqama times?
 
Prayer Azhan Times
What is prayer Azhan Times?
Where can I find prayer Azhan times?
Why IslamicValley does not support Hanafi Azhan times?
 
Directory
What does the directory consist of?
How can I add a listing?
Searching the Directory
How do I search IslamicValley directory?
Why doesn't IslamicValley recognize my zip code?
What is the logic behind zip code search?
Mailing Lists
What are mailing lists?
How do I use IslamicValley mailing lists?
What are state mailing lists?

 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is IslamicValley?
IslamicValley is primarily a content management solution for mosques. There is a dire need for better management of content related to upcoming events, activities and prayer Iqama times on mosque web pages. We have built a solid infrastructure that offers automated event announcement and distribution services to unlimited subscribers through as many mailing lists as desired.

In addition, IslamicValley is a searchable directory of Mosques and Islamic Schools.

Lastly, we have added the functionality of calculating prayer Azhan times.

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Who is IslamicValley built for?
IslamicValley is built for the following
  • Any Muslim searching for a Mosque or Islamic School.
  • Mosque staff trying to announce their events, activities and prayer times.
  • Muslim community members interested to know events, activities and prayer times at their local mosques.
  • Any Muslim needing prayer Azhan times for his/her local area.

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What is the scope of IslamicValley?
IslamicValley currently covers the United States of America. We plan on expanding into Canada in the near future.

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What is so different about IslamicValley?
IslamicValley is derived by the community. We believe in the pull-approach. That means the community pulls us in the direction that they desire. Unlike other Islamic sites that push their ideas and systems onto the community.

Furthermore, we have built our system following state-of-the-art software development methodology. Our software is fully documented. We host our system with a leading hosting company that provides redundant connections to the internet and 24/7 monitoring of servers. All this guarantees our users exceptional service and performance -- while our competitors are suffering from sloppy performance and frequent downtimes.

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How much does IslamicValley cost?
IslamicValley services are currently FREE. However, we request  you to contribute what you feel comfortable from our wish list at amazon.com. This way we get the technical references and guides to keep on providing you with exceptional services. Here is how to order from our wish list:
  • Go to http://amazon.com
  • Click on wish list (top menu)
  • Click on "Find a Wish List"
  • In the "Name or E-mail" field, write "IslamicValley." Click on "Find it!" button.
  • Now, you may choose to sort by "Price" to find a gift most suited to your price range.
  • We urgently desire items with the comment "High Priority".
  • There is no need to add gift wrap.

Jazakum Allah Khairan.

(Note that we reserve the right to charge for our services after providing appropriate notice.)

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What is an event?
An event is a once occurring affair. It could be a fund raiser or a lecture. The main charecteristic is that this particular affair with the given details happens only once. Well, sure, an event like this one may happen in the future. However, that event might have a different date, time and details.

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How could mosques announce events?
Mosques could announce events by entering them into IslamicValley using their administration console. Once the events are entered, they are visible on the mosque's events section. Also, they are queued for distribution on the mosque's mailing list.

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What is a regular activity?
A regular activity is a recurring affair. It could be a series of lectures. Or, it could be a regular meeting that occurs once every week or month. IslamicValley distinguishes between events and regular activities so administrators do not have to enter a regular activity announcement over and over.

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How could mosques announce regular activities?
Using our administration console, a regular activity is entered once and a recurrence pattern is chosen. The recurrence pattern could be daily, and weekly. Monthly recurrence pattern will be supported soon.

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What are prayer Iqama Times?
Prayer Iqama time is the time of Jammat prayer at a particular mosque.

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Where can I find prayer Iqama times?
Since prayer Iqama times are associated with their mosques, these times are available at the prayer page of the respective mosques.

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What is prayer Azhan Times?
Prayer Azhan time is the time when the time for a particular prayer starts. This is not necessarily when the prayer is held at a particular mosque.

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Where can I find prayer Azhan times?
Prayer Azhan times are provided by IslamicValley. However, if you are not satisfied with the prayer times provided by us, please send an email to Brother Khalid Shaukat and he could provide prayer Azhan times for you.

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Why IslamicValley does not support Hanafi Azhan times?
Currently, IslamicValley is working on providing Hanafi Azhan times. Please bear with us.

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How can I add a listing?
To add a listing to IslamicValley directory, please click on the Add link in main menu (top of page). Then, follow instructions. Your request will be reviewed by our directory team and you may be contact to further verify the information. IslamicValley reserves the right to list or un-list any entry.

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What does the directory consist of?
Currently, the directory consists of Mosques, Islamic Schools, Halal Restaurants, and Halal Meat. We are working on adding more categories. Please use our "Other" feature for anything else.

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How do I search IslamicValley directory?
IslamicValley directory searches could be performed in any of the following two ways:
  1. Search by Zip: Enter your zip code and submit your search. IslamicValley will report the nearest entities to the zip code supplied. Please note that our search is intelligent to span over neighboring states.
  2. Drill down search: In this approach, select a state. Then, select a city in that state. IslamicValley will present you with a listing of all entities in that city and state.

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Why doesn't IslamicValley recognize my zip code?
Well, first make sure you typed your zip code correctly. If you are sure that your zip code is correct, then send us an email with your zip code and we will add it in our database. Most likely, you don't need to send us your zip code, because we automatically log such zip codes. However, an email would expedite the process.

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What is the logic behind zip code search?

IslamicValley's zip code search results are very accurate. The logic behind zip code search is proprietary. Expert experience from the logistics and routing field is incorporated in our search engine.

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What are mailing lists?
Mailing lists are automated systems that email its subscribers with content suited for their particular list.

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How do I use IslamicValley mailing lists?
IslamicValley has mailing lists associated with mosques. Please choose a mosque you would like to hear about its events. Then, subscribe to their mailing lists. One could subscribe to as many mailing lists as desired.

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What are state mailing lists?
State mailing lists are lists associated with all the mosques in that particular state. One could subscribe to a state mailing list to hear about announcements made throughout the state.

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