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Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu, Alhumdulillahirabbil alameen, He Who gives guidance for whomsoever He wish.

Allah not only guided me to the right religion, He also give me the deep understanding of it. What a great blessing from Allah subahana wa ta ala! to be one of the students of IOU/BAIS. It lets me feel the love of Allah for me. For many years since I accepted Islam, I always want to study the religion, but I had no means to do so. I tried to read books, watch lectures, but that is not enough.

I can say that IOU was "A dream came true!" This is what I had been searching for! To gain authentic knowledge from authentic sources and learn from our Beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, and his rightly guided predecessors so that I can practice Islam  properly and share it with others.

May Allah bless you all for giving us the opportunity to study the religion. Its my 2nd semester already in BAIS and Alhumdulillah I learn so much and I am excited to go further and further so much so that I think I don't want to stop studying until I die. Beacause everytime theres something new knowledge added to me, I felt that I became closer and closer to ALLAH. May ALLAH grant you all Janatul Firdaws, specially to Dr. Bilal Philips, thank you very much for helping me to fulfill my dreams. I promised to ALLAH that I will help in promoting IOU here in my place and wherever I can promote it to show my gratitude to Him. May He help me in guiding others to gain knowledge of the deen. And May He give me more and more knowledge of the deen... a thousand aameen ya Rabbil Alameen... Jazakumullahu khairan...

Mary Jane Turingan

Assalamu 'Alaykum.  AlhamduliLlah, I am a revert since November of 2013. Through Allah (SWT)'s mercy, I found and embraced Islam. Islamic Online University is indeed amazing. It helps new Muslims to clearly understand Islam as a whole. May Allah (SWT) grant the people behind this program the highest level of Paradise, In shaa Allah. Jazakumullahu khairan. 🙂

Marra (Mariam) Velasquez

Assalamu alaykum. I am Liban Bashir from Ethiopia. Having obtained a B.Sc degree in Computer Science and  B.A in Public Administration and Development Management, I came to know about IOU in 2013 while I was doing the final project of my B.Sc. After that I joined IOU in the fall semister of 2014.

I was amazed with how all apsects were organized from virtual classrooms to recorded video sessions. Seeking Islamic knowledge became easy, without the need to  travel! I just need a laptop and internet connection!

I would like to make dua for everyone who contributes to IOU that Allah adds these efforts to your book of good deeds,  Ameen.

Liban Bashir

Assalam alaykum brothers and sisters. As many others have said, this is a wonderfull dream that Dr. Bilal Philips has offered to those of us who really want to study Islamic knowledge but are in confusion as to authentic knowledge. With the opening of many Quran schools here and there, it is difficult to know which knowledge is reliable. Variations in time schedules also make studying difficult for many people. I'm so happy with IOU  and pray to Almighty Allah to guide Dr. Bilal Philips. I also want to be a doctor in Islamic studies in sha' Allah. IOU makes this possible. 

Rabiatou Tchenga Bakari

ASSALAMU ALAÄ°KUM I really appreciate your initiative and all those behind IOU. I make dua that Allah gives you courage and resources to continue.


As salam alaikom wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I make dua'a that Allah gives Dr Bilal Phillips health, along with all the instructors in IOU, because I see that they are giving counsel to the Muslims all over the world. We learn from the hadeeth that Tamim bin Aus Ad-Dari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Ad-Deen is sincerity". We said: "For whom?'' He replied, "For Allah, His Book, His Messenger and for the leaders of the Muslims and their masses". [hadith reported by Muslim]. Also they help in spreading knowledge (ilm): Allah, the Exalted, says:"Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.'' (Mujadalah:11).

Really I am very interested in the courses which IOU offers to Muslims all over the world and give us many benefits. Baraka Allah feekom wa yusaddad khataayakom.

Hechaichi Habiba

Asalmu o alikum brothers and sisters Now I am proud to call myself Muslim. Allah gave me chance to learn about our beautiful Islam. ALLAH AKBAR! I'm going to try my best to be a good Muslim. Many thanks to Dr. Bilal Philips for this opportunity.

Easmin akter

Assalamu'aleykum Muslim brothers and Sisters. I am Mohammed from Somalia. I have a BA (Business Adminstration). I am currently working as an HRM at the Indian Ocean University Development in my country. Through a pamphlet I came to know about the IOU. Insha Allaah Muslims can benefit from it. May Allaah make IOU prosper. Jazaakumullaah Khayran

Mohamed Adam Hassan

Asalam alaykom waRahmatullah wa Barakatuh,

Alhamdulillah, IOU's free programs were very organised and removed some of my doubts concerning the religion of Islam. I finished the diploma in Islamic Studies, alhamdulillah. It is  very helpful with many evidences from Quran and Sunnah which give you comfort. May Allah The Almighty increase the knowledge of the IOU team. Wa Salam.


To me, IOU is a dream come true and Islamic culture rejuvenated. Living in this part of the world makes one vulnerable to the choice of prosperity even when it is apparently the direct opposite of Islam, as more than 90% of the nation's resources are under the control of those who are against Islam in various forms. Muslims are systematically denied the basic means of survival- health care, education, employments, leaderships, etc. I see IOU as a direct solution to those problems. 

Hammed Abdulganiyu Banji

May Allah reward all the people who are working for this cause. I love Dr. Bilal Philips and ask Allah accept his efforts.

Aftab Alam

ALHAMDULIILLAH! My heart filled up with thankfulness to the IOU team and especially the founder, Shaykh Bilal Philips, who (with the help of Almighty Allah) made gaining authentic Islamic education within the comfort of home a reality!


I'm here to learn the deen of Islam and I hope you will help me and lead me to the right path. I praise Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, for leading me to this site.Jazaakumullahu khayran.

Malick Jallow

Assalamu alaikum I am Sulthan and I am doing my PhD in management. For sometime now I have been learning a lot about studies concerning this life; however, I realize I lost my connection with Islamic learning. This was embarrassing but then I started searching online for ways to learn and deepen my knowledge on Islam.

I ended up at IOU which is really the best platform to learn. It doesn't just teach some knowledge but also creates a inner personality to make oneself feel that one is doing something that benefits also in the after life. At present I am unable to afford any payment for my studies and IOU offers free Diploma courses which are most beneficial for students like me. In sha Allah, I wish to complete the Diploma course successfully and of course, Dr.Bilal Philips is a great inspiration for students like me. Thank you IOU


Salam alaikom. Special thanks to Dr. Bilal for his contributions and efforts to Islamic knowledge. 

Muhammad adnan

AsSalamu Alaykom. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bilal Philips for such a platform. Jazak Allahu Khair . May Allah bless each and every person contributing to this university. May Allah bless all the students with knowlegde and lead us to straight path.

Jasim Abdul Jalil

Asalaamu alaykum Alhamdulillah, with the help and permission of Alllah I've completed IOU's Islamic Studies Diploma Program and look forward to joining the BA in Islamic Studies and in sha Allah the Qur'an memmorization Program. Alhamdulillah, this is a blessing from Allah, this opportunity to learn about our religion both academically and cost effectively with degrees offered tuition-free.

Its incredible! I learned so many things about the BASICS of Islam that I never knew about before. I'm grateful to be given this opportunity to learn. There is so much to learn, and there was a lot I was unaware of when it came to the pillars of Islam which are essential to know as a Muslim. I understand many of us have such busy lives that we barely get the chance to study for our own spiritual growth. We're busy with family, raising children, working to make ends meet or busy with other things that studying Islam takes a back seat. But with IOU, you have the chance to study, even if its for a few hours a day or week. You can use your free time to study a few modules or listen to a few lectures, and the great part is, the content is authentic with its proper're learning the real thing. Its easy! You can learn sound Islamic sciences, like Usuul al Fiqh, lessons for Hadeeth, Tafseer, Aqeedah, which are all necessary as they teach about the foundations of our beliefs.

Every Muslim should add IOU to their life, even if they're already studying other Islamic studies, IOU will only complement your studies and add more flavor. I personally enjoyed my experience and cannot wait to start again!

What I like most is the flexibility. A person can study anytime that suits their schedulewithout it taking time away from spending time with family. I think its perfect for women, especially women who have children and family. And I also love how you can learn within the comforts of your own home without having to go through the difficulties involved in going to school outside. So Alhamdulillah it's great. I recommend everyone bring IOU into their lives so they can use whatever knowledge learned to grow spiritually and become a better person. This just might give you the success your looking for in this world and the next. I ask Allah to bless IOU and those that learn from it. Jazakallah khair. Fardawsa

Fardawsa Yusuf Mohamed

Assalamu alaikom brothers & sisters. Ma sha Allah, IOU is indeed a great forum for understanding Islam. Being a working lady its difficult to attend school, but now by simply sitting at my work place I can gain maximum benefits. I have been searching for such online programmes  for so long. Alhamdullilah, I was very happy when I found Islamic Online University.

So far, I have almost completed two diploma courses and wish to take admission in the Quran Memorization course. May Allah accept your efforts and enable us to read and understand the Quran & sunnah. May Allah forgive us and guide us on His straight path, the path of whom He bestowed His blessings. Ameen. I ask Allah to bless the management of Islamic Online University for this wonderful effort to provide us such a platform

Syeda Mariah Zafar

Asalam-o-alikum Brothers. In today's world everybody is struggling, but they don't know why the were created and for what purpose they are living in this world. This is because they lack Islamic knowledge. Islamic Online University is one of the best sources to learn more about Islam and Muslim world. I advise every Muslim to join IOU. Thanks to the IOU team and may Allah bless them. Ameen.

Noor Mohammad Sadiq

Assalamu'aleykum Muslim Brothers and Sisters. I am Mohammed Hussein Ali from Somalia . I graduated  a BA (Accounting) in ADMAS UNIVERSITY in 2012 . I am currently working as an Admin and Finance at the AECF Project In Somaliland . In addition to I am currently studying with IOU in Islamic banking and finance in the first year . In sha Allaah, Muslims take the opportunity to benefit from it. May Allaah make IOU prosper. Jazaakumullaah Khayran. 

Mohamed Hussein Ali