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I recently joined the university to achieve a diploma. It's really a good opportunity for Muslims around the world.

Ahmed Ali

Assalamu'alaykum, All praise due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. May Allah send peace and blessings to our beloved prophet Muhammad, his household, his companions, and those who follow their footsteps until the day of judgment.

I would like to express my gratitude to Allah for this golden opportunity to study Islamic sciences ONLINE. It has been my dream to study Islamic sciences in Saudi Arabia or Egypt. However, due to some circumstances, I cannot afford that. So I pray that Allah will grant Dr Bilal Philips and his dedicated team goodness and continuous "'amal jaariyah" and beneficial knowledge through this wonderful IOU. This university has made Islamic studies easy. Now everyone can study Islam from its authentic sources from home, without leaving their family and career. May Allah strengthen this ummah with the presence of IOU. BaarakaLlaahu feekum

Abu Humayd Sufri Mahmud

Assalamu'aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. I am  from Ethiopia and am currently working as a teacher at the ministry of education in my country. Through a pamphlet, I came to know about the IOU. In sha Allaah Muslims benefit from it. May Allaah make the IOU prosperous. Insha'allah!

Muzamil Suleiman

Assalamualykum wa rahamtullahi wa barakatuhu  I was always passionate about knowing Islam, knowing what Allah wants from me and what He has taught to the Prophet (pbuh) to teach mankind; however the facilities were not available and accessible to students like me in India; especially those which are authentic and trustworthy.

Alhamdulillah, it was only after attaining my master's degree that I had easy access to the internet and then facebook happened, followed by the IOU fan page. It has been an interesting journey since then. I was doing PhD and also taking up 2 - 3 courses from BAIS each semester. I had so many misconceptions ae clarified.

I feel fortunate to study under more than one international scholar for every subject. I am sure the standards which I have experienced in terms of teaching, covering the topics in syllabus and conducting live sessions and clarifying questions in a disciplined manner by our respected TA's is among the best.

I invite every Muslim brother and sister to join this university. The fee is very reasonable, you don't have to travel milles to complete the education and pay thousands of dollars to aquire this authentic knowledge. All you need to dedicate is some time from your schedules. There will be fluctuations in this journey because it needs self motivation and consistency; but the time spent is an investement for this life and the next life in sha Allah. May Allah help us to be steadfast and consistent in this journey. May Allah bless our chancellor, Dr.Bilal Philips for making the dreams of students like me come true. May Allah bless all the teachers and staff who are directly and indirectly related to IOU. Ameen Jazakallah khairan.

Dr. Shaguftha S (PT) Canada

Shaguftha Shaik

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu.

Like other Muslims who want to know more about their deen, I am one of those who dreamed to be knowledgeable about my beliefs. I hoped to go to school abroad, maybe going to Makkah or Madinah since these are the most known institutions where authentic learning of our deen is achievable. I've done my best according to my ability, but to no avail. For some reason, maybe due to my age, I was not successful. I even attempted to enroll in a local school here but due to family obligations, it was impossible to go to school learning like the regular students.

However I prayed to Allah to still grant me knowledge and find a way for me to get closer to Him through education. Allah helped me by bringing IOU into my life. I enrolled in IOU through a recommendation from a friend and I almost didn't notice that what I asked from Allah is now in front of my eyes...Allahu Akbar. That's how Allah answered my prayer. Indeed, prayer is great.

IOU made a great step by helping Muslims like me to realize their dreams and become more learned on their beliefs. May Allah accept this effort and may this be a step for the unity of Muslim to bring back bright days of Islamic civilization. Ameen.

Norjimar A. Jumawan

Assalaam alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh, With IOU, it will now be easier for me to start learning about Islam in an online platform. It is convenient and detailed. May Allah reward each and every person at IOU. Ameen.

Swabra Mutisya

Volunteer Islamic Online University Mombasa Centre Kenya

Swabra Mutisya

Asalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah, I enrolled and hoped to learn about Islam, yet walked away with much more than I had expected to gain. May Allah (SWT) reward all those involved in such a pious movement and help these online courses go from strength to strength. Ameen, Alliya

Alliya Iqbal

Asalamoalakum wa RahmatUllah As a very busy mother of young children, getting Islamic education through a university has been a far-fetched dream. But ever since I enrolled in the diploma courses, this dream seems to be near reality. I have always felt a lack of Islamic scholars around us who can answer queries in a logical manner.Usually the regular madrasa graduates shun away questions that seem challenging, closing the door to further interest in Islamic understanding. Dr.Bilal Philips is my mentor in this regard as he has saved a desperate mother and housewife from depressions of living in the dark and getting wasted sitting at home not being able to contribute effectively. Knowledge is light and light is life. InshAllah once I get through there is no going back, this knowledge is surely going to benefit my generations and society around me. JazakAllah. Zahra Amnbreen.

Zahra Amnbreen

Alhamdulillah, it's my first semester at IOU. It has been amazing so far and am looking forward to completing the BA degree. Having been blessed with a beautiful daughter last year, I feel joining IOU is a blessing enabling me to mould my daughter well, inshallah 🙂 Hats off to Dr. Bilal for coming up with something so wonderful.Ma sha Allah Tabarak Allah.


I am in Kenya working for the Ministry of Interior Affairs based in Wajir County largely populated by Muslims. Though I was brought up there to learn the Quran in Hafs recitation and had access to Madrasa classes, I found Dr.Bilal Philips amazing. Indeed it is guidance on our the comfort of our homes. I work in fingerprints and criminology and am now a full-time, third-year student in Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. Indeed, I was much happier in the past semester exams where I received motivations and acknowledgement from my tutors, Alhamdulilah. If you are a true Muslim, please kindly benefit from this global illumination. Jazak Allahu Khayr. ,

Mohamed Ibrahim Mayo

Alhamdulillah, this online course concept of Dr.Bilal is the greatest blessing from Allah to all mankind. I hope many Indians will utilize this option and enrich their Islamic knowledge. Jazak Allahu khair.

Navaz khan

It is a really good university for all.


Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah..Brothers and Sisters. Alhumdulillah, IOU has a great role in my knowledge. It is very useful for those who don't have time for Islamic studies in a physical university. I thank Allah that He made it possible through our respected sheikh Dr. Bilal Philips. Jazak Allah khair.

Umar Shadab

AsSalaamu alaykum. My name is Fadxi Baashe and I am a Muslim. I live in Somalia and am a new student for this university IOU. I am praying that  Allah gives me more knowledge about my religion, in sha Allah. Ameen. 

Fadxi Baashe Cabdilaahi

In the world of delusions, IOU is one of best institutes from which we can collect knowledge. Great effort by IOU.

Adnan Akhtar

Assalamalaikum All, May Allah(swt) reward all those associated with IOU, especially our dean Dr.Bilal for bringing up the idea to make Islamic education readily available to Muslims across the world from the comforts of their home and to teach only authentic knowledge. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to The Almighty for the knowledge I am gaining for the past 2 years through IOU.

Sameera Kausar

Assalaamualaiykum Dr Bilal, I am Priscilla from Chennai, India. I am also a revert from Christianity like you at the age of 24. Alhamdulillah. I am a working professional in an IT concern for the last 8 years, the last 7 years as a Muslim. I've browsed a lot and read lot of books and that's how I learnt how to pray on my own and learnt the transliteration of Arabic Surahs in English for my prayers. Much of reading made me grow more in Islamic knowledge and stronger in faith. From my initial days of Islam, I had a strong passion for missionary work (dawah) and reformation of society. Though the constant reading has taught me numerous things, I did not have the knowledge of how to and where to start my mission. In 2011, when I was browsing online, I happened to read your works on Tawheed & Dawah. I was greatly impressed with the clarity, truthfulness and transparency in your work that I continued to read them at office too. Your work on Tawheed, has strong emphasis on laying the foundation right. In a few days, I was clear on “where” to start. I spoke about the importance of Tawheed and highlighted the grave error of following Shirk to one of my trainees who frequented the Dargas for worship. After realizing “The Truth – The true Islam”, Alhamdulillah, he stopped his visit to Dargas and drew himself closer towards Salaat and religiousness. Then, I continued to talk about the goodness of Islam and the importance of maintaining the Oneness of Allah, to my friends and colleagues and with the Grace of Allah, I was able to stand in debate with an atheist about the existence of God. Alhamdulillah. Thank you for showing me the starting point. At the same time, I did not get to learn Arabic which remained my biggest worry. I tried numerous websites to learn Arabic but they only confused me more for the sounds they gave were similar with few alphabets. As a trainer at work, I understood the importance of learning Arabic from a live teacher but it didn’t work out as I am the only Muslim girl at home while all my family members continue to remain as Christians. Being a girl, I didn’t know any Muslims from my locality and my Muslim friends couldn’t help me much. My long term worry came to an end through the BAIS program offered by IOU and I enrolled as a student this March (2013). Your Arabic 100 classes are too good for a starter like me. I was overwhelmed with joy on discovering the simplicity and easy to follow learning methodologies. You’ve made the curriculum amazingly easier that there is no necessity for the students to memorize the alphabets and their forms all in one stretch. Learning one letter at a time, gives enough time and focus for the mind to register its sound, shape and different forms. The word exercises and comparison of sounds with English language helps in better comprehension and of course the dictation validates the learning. There cannot be a teacher as excellent as you are. Alhamdulillah. I thank Allah SWT for making me to learn from “The Best of teachers”. While I thank Allah SWT, I also thank you from the bottom of my heart for simplifying and beautifying the learning aspects of Deen. As you’ve rightly mentioned in your website there are lots that has to be done for Islam but the time is very limited.

Priscilla Anbanandan

Assalaamu alaykum wa Rahamatullahi wa Barakatuhu, Alhamdulillah I have read some of the free educational materials provided in the diploma programme,the materials are highly educational. I have greatly benefited from the materials. Jazakumu Allahu khayran Dr Bilal Philips and his team. In sha Allaah the website is to be promoted. Allaah has given us GREAT OPPORTUNITY to know about our religion. Alhamdulillah, we are Muslims ,we are blessed.

Sa'eed Ologunde

Assallamu allaikum, May Almighty Allah increase our eemaan. Alhamdulillah after one and half years study with IOU, I have obtained my diploma in Islamic Studies and the knowledge obtained only Allah can witness. In fact every Muslim must make it a point to join IOU...if only we want to know much about Allah and the Beloved Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.


I urge everyone who is able to join the BAIS program to join and not let this opportunity pass. Knowledge in our home without any travelling on our part is something extraordinary and revolutionary.