Basic Search

Every page has a search box at the top. Enter the text you want to search for and click or tap Search. It searches item titles, descriptions, keywords and topics. If you enter more than one word, it will find every instance of each word. To search for a phrase, put it in quotation marks. For example:

  • If you search for zikr of light, it will find every item that has zikr in it and every item that has light in it.
  • If you search for “zikr of light” it will find only those items that have that exact phrase in it.

Advanced Item Search

This page enables you to search more precisely than the basic search. Enter search criteria and click or tap the Search button at the bottom of the page. (Not the one at the top; that one is for Basic Search.)

It finds only those items that meet all the criteria you enter.

Enter search criteria as follows.

  • Search full-text. This works the same as Basic Search.
  • Search by value. Select a property from the list and then select an additional criterion such as is exactly or contains and enter a value to search for.
    • To search for when a talk was given, select the property Date.
    • Enter dates as YYYY-MM-DD. For instance, if you want August 1, 1986, enter 1986-08-01.
    • Often contains gives better results than is exactly. For instance,
      • If an item’s location is New York City, entering “is exactly New York” won’t find it, but entering “contains New York” will.
      • If you know that a talk was given in 1990 but you don’t know the exact date, enter “contains 1990” to find all the talks recorded in that year.
  • Search by item set. Select an item set from the list. To search in more than one item set, click or tap Add New Item Set and add another one.
  • Seach by ID. Each item has an ID used internally in the database. The ID is the number at the end of the link for a particular item. You can see it when you view one item. For instance, if the link is, the item ID is 36.
  • Search by date/time. This searches items by when they were created or modified, not when a talk was given. Select Created or Modified, additional criterion such as after or on or after and enter a date. To search the date a talk was given, use Search by Value.
  • Media type. There are four types, PDF, audio, plain text and video. Click or tap and select from a list. You can select more than one type; just click or tap again and select an additional one.

To Listen To or Read an Item

When you select an item from a list of search results you see the resource page for that item. At the top is a media player if it is a recording or text if it is a transcript. Below that is a list of attributes. If the recording has an associated transcript or vice versa, you can see it under Relation. To read the transcript while listening to the audio, right-click the related item and open it in a new tab. That's for Windows and Linux. On a Mac, do Control+Click.