Recently a few members have raised the question as to the religious beliefs and motivations of the individuals running this site. In order to address these questions, I will personally respond in this following post.
First, I would like to assure all members, that Islam.com is only a community based website, with no secret backing or hidden agenda. That means that all questions are welcome from any person (be they Muslim or non-Muslim) on this forum, and any member who has an account on islam.com can post a reply. In addition, users who contribute more actively and show greater interest in curating the content are given the privilege of being a moderator, with powers to only delete or modify inappropriate content. This is no different than any other community based forum. Admins are basically only in charge of user administration and system maintenance of the site, and will not use there privileges to take any inappropriate advantage, such as distorting questions to a hidden agenda.
Since islam.com is a small operation, we have decided to incorporate the help of advertisements (Google Ads) in order to cover our costs of operation. They are mainly visible on the header and sidebar of the site. Advertisements are easily distinguishable because in the corner of the advertisement, there is a small blue triangle. We do our best to make sure there are no inappropriate advertisements being shown, however, the Google Ad engine is contextual based. That means if the page you are viewing has a lot of information about a particular product, the Ad engine will automatically run ads on the page based on the context. If you do not like a certain ad, there in an option to report the ad as inappropriate by clicking on the blue triangle to the corner of the ad. This will remove the ad from the page and also ensure that Google does not show the same ad again to you or even other users.
A few weeks ago, one of our moderators took to the task of unnecessarily deleting a large amount of questions from this site, which have been asked and answered by the community over the last 2-3 years since this site has been in operation. As there was more than 2,000 questions and answers deleted, I asked this moderator to refrain from deleting authentic questions and only remove the questions which were completely inappropriate. Meanwhile, we also decided it was best to recover all the questions and give this moderator another chance at deleting or modifying only the inappropriate questions. As there was no way for us to go through each question and remove the deleted flag, we had no choice but to use our database backup system to restore all the deleted questions. This moderator then decided to use my personal email to research about my personal life, religious beliefs and also obtain my personal information, including my physical address. To make matters worse, this user then publicly posted my information, without my prior consent or approval. At this stage, we felt it was best to revoke this user's moderator access and turn off our registration system until we were satisfied that this user would not continue to abuse our site. A few days ago, we decided to reopen the registration, but unfortunately this user came back and decided again to abuse our site and post personal information, which is completely outside the boundary or proper moral and professional etiquette.
As we wish to continue the operation of this site for the benefit of the larger Muslim Community, we will reopen the registration in a few days after we are certain this matter has been resolved. In the meantime, we ask that you bear with us while we try to sort out the technical and operational details.
Best regards, Asif