Compendium of Muslim Texts

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The Compendium of Muslim Texts was used extensively at WikiIslam until 2017, when its use was discontinued due to recurring technical issues and an alternative external source for Qur'an and hadith texts was introduced. It contains one of the most well-known online hadith databases, being cited throughout the Internet by a wide variety of authors and websites.

The Compendium was compiled by the USC-MSA, the Muslim Students Association at the University of Southern California,[1] one of the largest private universities in the United States, with the intent to serve as a resource for students, faculty, and visitors, compiling many Muslim texts, including many translations of the Qur'an and translations of authentic hadith compilations.

Due to being one of the earliest Islam-orientated sites on the net, the hadith collections they have (in particular, those of Sunan Abu Dawud) are incomplete, but this has not affected their popularity.

The Qur'an translations included are those of Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthal and M. H. Shakir, all respected and widely accepted by Muslims, and their hadith collections include Sahih Al-Bukhari (translated by Muhsin Khan), Sahih Muslim (translated by Abd-al-Hamid Siddiqui), Sunan Abu Dawud (translated by Ahmad Hasan), Malik's Muwatta (translated by A'isha Abd-al-Rahman al-Tarjumana and Ya'qub Johnson), and Forty Hadith Qudsi (narrations which contain non-Qur'anic words from Allah, repeated by Prophet Muhammad).

The Compendium was originally available on the USC website.[2] It was then made available on both the USC website and the MSA West website (MSA West being a West Coast regional council of the national MSA organization).

The Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE; an interfaith coalition) then took ownership of the compendium and housed it on its own website ( due to the MSA at USC going inactive.[3].

Since the moves, a few hadith narrations appear to have been removed or lost, however these narrations can still be found on alternative Muslim websites.

At the time of writing (end of 2016), links to specific hadiths and Qur'an verses on are no longer working. A CMJE member reported that they have been having problems maintaining the site.

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  1. Religious Texts - Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, accessed September 29, 2011
  2. USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts - Internet Archive Wayback Machine capture for dated August 28, 2007
  3. Following any of the old URLs, e.g. , will redirect you to the equivalent page on The even older URL format, e.g. no longer supplies redirects.